Well, I'll be here before I file with the FEC
What they want:
Two of the Web’s most famous blogs, the liberal Daily Kos and the conservative RedState, have trumpeted the Hensarling bill since it failed on the suspensions calendar during a November vote, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage but snagging more than half of the House. The bloggers of Daily Kos, RedState and other online forums argue that the Allen-Bass alternative, which would provide targeted exceptions from the law for individuals and some websites, would force them to register as political committees.
Allen did not dispute that possibility. He noted that his bill would allow websites unrestricted operations as long as their annual expenditures did not exceed $10,000.
“They might well have to file,” Allen said of blogs as large as Daily Kos, “but that’s the point. If the Internet becomes more important, the types of financial abuses that occurred within the campaign-finance system in general” are more prone to occurring.
No one can explain why Markos should be treated differently than the National Review Online, slate.com, Fox News, Air America, etc... but they really really want to nonetheless.
Idiots, as are plenty of commenters at kos who seem to think the issue is that since Kos makes money from his site he needs to be regulated by the FEC.
I'm not a political committee, I don't run one, and I'm never going to file as one. I'll be in court first. I have a first amendment right to express my opinion on politics and donate to candidates as I choose.
So if they want to have this debate, I say if it passes, let's have this debate in court. Because that's the only way I won't tell the FEC to go fuck themselves.
posted by Steve @ 11:25:00 AM