Thursday, April 10, 2008

This Pause in the Action Brought To You by Rep. Foxx

The Federal Elections Commission, before it went defunct because of a quorum problem brought on by vacancies, created rules that protect bloggers from campaign finance laws. These regs don't constitute any binding law that extends that protection indefinitely. "The Blogger Protection Act of 2008," introduced this week by Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to protect all forms of "uncompensated Internet activity by individuals from treatment as a contribution or expenditure."

Basically, right now bloggers can say whatever they want for or against a candidate and be free from federal regulations. The only exception is if they're being explicitly paid by a campaign to blog.

Rep. Virginia Foxx has signed on as a co-sponsor to make those existing rules permanent.

Which almost made us spit out the last piece of her anatomy we bit off.

We'll be back to our regular diet soon.

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