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Thursday, March 24, 2005

FEC Prposes Blog Regs

From National Journal (subscription only):

The FEC today proposed draft rules to govern online election-related communications that would provide individual Web logs, or blogs, with a substantial exemption from campaign finance disclosure laws. Most of the reporting requirements would instead fall upon campaigns and candidates who pay for Web advertising, National Journal's Technology Daily reported. But commission members sparred over how narrow the rules should be. "We are not the speech police," said Commissioner Ellen Weintraub. "This issue has nothing to do with private citizens on the Internet. We have taken a very restrained approach." The draft rules will be open for public comment for 60 days. The FEC scheduled a hearing on them June 28.