Friday, March 25, 2005

Good News From The Hill

In two previous blogs I posted, Bloggers Could Be Gagged or Fined (3/10/05) and Protect Your Blog Site (3/22/05) I ask you to contact your elected officials and urge them to protect your First Amendment rights by repealing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA). The BCRA could make it impossible for you to post messages about political issues or candidates during a campaign season.

Today I got what I feel could be good news in an e-news letter from The Hill ( "Federal Election Commission (FEC) members said Thursday that they will seek to regulate the Internet as little as possible in order to comply with a court ruling that struck down the agency's blanket exemption for Internet activity. Rumors have circulated in the blogosphere that the FEC would curb political web log activity in response to a successful legal challenge to the agency's old rules by Reps. Chris Shays (R-Conn.) and Martin Meehan (D-Mass.), leading campaign-finance reformers on the Hill. "Some of the most spirited debates that have taken place in the course of preparing this notice have concerned how best not to regulate certain activities, such as blogging," Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic appointee, said yesterday, referring to internal agency discussions about proposed rules for regulating the Internet. Commissioner Michael Toner, a Republican appointee, said yesterday, "I believe it was a conscious, informed judgment by Congress that the Internet should not be subject to the many restrictions that McCain-Finegold applies to other types of mass communication." David Mason, another GOP-appointed commissioner, said he was opposed to Internet regulation "across the board" and opposes new rules that would curb any Internet activity. Commissioners will likely put out new rules on Internet activity before the end of the year."

So, for right now it sounds like bloggers have some support in the FEC. Still we must never forget, in the world of politics things seem to change daily. Please continue to watch this issue for changes. If you took the time to contact your elected officials about this in the past I'd like to thank you for your efforts.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


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