Friday, November 04, 2005

Blogs Getting Closer to FEC Monitoring...

Pay Attention: This Could Soon Affect ALL of Us...
If EVER you were to contact Senators...the time is NOW!

Bill to keep Bloggers from FEC Rule and continue Free Internet Speech is defeated:

"The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said the federal government should encourage, rather than fetter, a phenomenon that was bringing more Americans into the political process.

"The newest battlefield in the fight to protect the First Amendment is the Internet," he said. "The Internet is the new town square, and campaign finance regulations are not appropriate there."
Without his legislation, Hensarling said, "I fear that bloggers one day could be fined for improperly linking to a campaign Web site, or merely forwarding a candidate's press release to an e-mail list."

Bloggers from liberal and conservative perspectives made similar predictions at a hearing on the subject in September. "Rather than deal with the red tape of regulation and the risk of legal problems, they will fall silent on all issues of politics," said Michael J. Krempasky, director of the Web site RedState.org.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., writing Wednesday on a blog he recently started, said the bill "is about all the folks out in the blogosphere. It's going to protect what you say. It keeps the hand of the federal government out of Internet speech."
(source)

Who led the opposition that helped defeat this bill? Another freakin' Massachusetts liberal (from the party of free speech no less...): Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass.

Mike Krempansky at RedState.Org has a post up about this --he knows ALL about this as he was one of the bloggers that testified in September.

Both the left and the right sides of the blogosphere have driven news, changed outcomes and made things happen independent of one another --imagine what we could do if we actually worked together (even though you all wanted "campaign finance reform" and didn't listen to your moms when they told you to "be careful what you wish for"!)

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