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McCain-Feingold vs. Blogs

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law might have been passed with the best of intentions. However, those intentions pave a certain road and I don’t like the destination.

C|Net writer Declan McCullagh interviewed Bradley Smith, one of six commissioners at the Federal Election Commissioners. The FEC now is struggling with applying McCain-Feingold to the internet.

In just a few months, [Smith] warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign’s Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate’s press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin, whose post contains more analysis and links.

By Brent Logan

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