Thursday, November 03, 2005

Blogger Speech

House Democrats yesterday defeated a bill that would have protected bloggers from campaign finance reform regulations. Therefore the door remains open for bloggers to be subjected to pages of rules and regulations concerning their site content under the guise of election laws. Similar laws may end up being passed in the future, but it's disappointing to see the Dems vote against protecting free speech. Once again, this really drives home the point that campaign finance reform is an unconstitutional restriction of the First Amendment.

2 Comments:

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Garry said...

So if I wanted to write about American election campaigns, I'd be okay? But you wouldn't? Or is it just for registered lobby groups? To be safe, next election you can just email me your propaganda and I'll publish it over here. Either way it seems silly.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Scott McC said...

My understanding is that the law may be expanded to include anyone with partisan or opinionated material on their blogs, because these would be seen as "donations in-kind" to a particular political party or individual. How they will regulate it with the ability to link to a non-US site, as you say, is unknown. This is all done under the guise of decreasing the power of money in politics, but in doing so severely limits freedom of speech.

 

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