Tuesday, March 28, 2006

We're Exempt! (from FEC regulations anyway)

Good news for political bloggers: the FEC isn't going to regulate blogger's political activities:
In a unanimous vote yesterday, the Federal Election Commission left unregulated almost all political activity on the Internet except for paid political advertisements. Campaigns buying such ads will have to use money raised under the limits of current federal campaign law.

Perhaps most important, the commission effectively granted media exemptions to bloggers and other activists using the Web to allow them to praise and criticize politicians, just as newspapers can, without fear of federal interference.

So, there! Isn't it cool to know that blogging's got a "media exemption." Does that mean that we're now part of the evil mainstream media? perish the thought! but I'm sure we'll be happy with the exemption...

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