March 08, 2005
Bloggers urged to chill

Via Dwight Silverman, FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub has a message for us.

Bloggers of America, chill.

Reports of a Federal Election Commission plot to "crack down" on blogging and e-mail are wildly exaggerated.


I can't speak for my colleagues, but I'm not aware of anyone here who views this rulemaking as a vehicle for shutting down the right of any individual to use their electronic soapbox to voice their political views.

For people who worry about the influence of money on politics, the Internet can only be seen as a force for good, for the simple reason that it's generally a very cheap form of communication. As the Internet becomes an increasingly effective political tool, a candidate may not need to raise large sums of cash to run television ads, if she can get her message out cheaply and efficiently over the Internet.

It would be ironic indeed if, in the name of campaign finance reform, we were to try to squelch inexpensive online grassroots political rabble-rousing. Fortunately, I'm not aware of any intent to do so. Suggestions to the contrary are simply partisan scaremongering tactics by those attempting to foment false hysteria in the Internet community. Don't fall for it.

Works for me. Color me mellow.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 08, 2005 to National news | TrackBack

Charles: you did see that you got mentioned twice in an Austin-American Statesman article, right?

The story is here, and it also talks about Burnt Orange Report and that Inthepink site. So don't chill out just yet!

Posted by: norbizness on March 8, 2005 10:20 AM