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FEC Delays Ruling on 'PoliBlog' Speech (CFR alert)
Newsmax ^ | March 16, 2006 | Newsmax

Posted on 03/16/2006 9:47:39 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite

The Federal Election Commission has postponed a long-anticipated decision on whether to apply the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law to political speech on the Internet.

It appeared that FEC Commissioner Michael Toner wanted to give Congress a chance to pass the Online Freedom of Speech Act proposed by Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling.

But late Wednesday afternoon, the House Rules Committee passed on the opportunity by failing to report Hensarling’s bill out of committee for debate on the House floor.

Key House aides told NewsMax that the House would likely resume discussion after March 27. If so, legislators might have to enact Hensarling’s bill to counteract the FEC if it decides to apply McCain-Feingold. That decision is now slated for March 23.

Supporters say Hensarling’s bill merely codifies the status quo, allowing politically opinionated bloggers - known in the blogosphere as "polibloggers" - to opine on political topics without being subjected to government regulation.

Bloggers from all sides of the political spectrum have thrown their cyber-weight behind the proposal. They are concerned that the FEC will rule that they are subject to campaign-finance laws. And experts say they have reason to be concerned.

McCain-Feingold makes it a felony for corporations, nonprofit advocacy groups and labor unions to run ads that criticize – or even name – members of Congress within 60 days of a federal election if such speech might have an influence on voters.

The FEC initially excluded the Internet from McCain-Feingold restrictions. But campaign-reform boosters sued, claiming the Internet was a "loophole” that allowed big money to continue influencing the election process.

Toner has openly supported the Online Freedom of Speech Act (HR 1606). His announcement of the postponement led to an outcry from some bloggers.

"It couldn’t be more clear: pass HR 1606 or face regulations on the Internet. Period,” wrote Mike Krempasky, a founder of Red State, a conservative blog.

Traditional media organizations have taken a different view. An editorial in the New York Times on Wednesday called for closing the "Internet campaign loophole.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; 1stamendment; billofrights; constitutionlist; fec; feingold; firstamendment; freespeech; govwatch; libertarians; mccain; mccainthepain; rinowatch; weblogs

1 posted on 03/16/2006 9:47:40 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite
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To: CaptSkip; raybbr; DTogo; AZ_Cowboy; Itzlzha; Stellar Dendrite; NRA2BFree; Spiff; Pelham; ...

ping


2 posted on 03/16/2006 9:48:14 AM PST by Stellar Dendrite (UAE-- Funds HAMAS and CAIR, check my homepage [UPDATED FREQUENTLY])
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To: Stellar Dendrite

What does the FEC paln to do if your blog blasts both parties and their candidates?


3 posted on 03/16/2006 9:50:45 AM PST by TBP
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To: Stellar Dendrite
Traditional media organizations have taken a different view. An editorial in the New York Times on Wednesday called for closing the "Internet campaign loophole.”

unstated: because they are making us irrelevant!!!

4 posted on 03/16/2006 9:54:36 AM PST by King Prout (DOWN with the class-enemies at Google! LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S CUBE!)
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To: TBP
What does the FEC paln to do if your blog blasts both parties and their candidates?

No need to worry. I'm sure Algore has a plan since he invented the internet in the first place.......

5 posted on 03/16/2006 9:59:47 AM PST by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
Yeah, I'm sure the Founders never meant the First Amendment to apply to political speech. < /sarcasm >
6 posted on 03/16/2006 10:05:07 AM PST by RogueIsland (.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

If this clears, I hope I'm the first one charged.


7 posted on 03/16/2006 10:07:42 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: Stellar Dendrite

More insanity from our GOP controlled Congress.


8 posted on 03/16/2006 10:15:01 AM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: RacerF150
If this clears, I hope I'm the first one charged.

I'll be right there with you...I will assert the first amendment by asserting the second amendment.

9 posted on 03/16/2006 10:28:16 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Ouderkirk

It is somewhat ironic. If this horrid bill passes Free Republic and the Democratic Underground would probably be the first case before the Supreme Court and we would be on the same side. We live in interesting times.


10 posted on 03/16/2006 10:33:51 AM PST by cpdiii (roughneck (oil field trash and proud of it), geologist, pilot, pharmacist, full time iconoclast)
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To: TBP
What does the FEC paln to do if your blog blasts both parties and their candidates?

Fine you twice?

11 posted on 03/16/2006 10:39:08 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
[Supporters say Hensarling’s bill merely codifies the status quo, allowing....bloggers....to opine on political topics without being subjected to government regulation.

[McCain-Feingold makes it a felony for corporations, nonprofit advocacy groups and labor unions to run ads that criticize – or even name – members of Congress within 60 days of a federal election if such speech might have an influence on voters.]

YOU VILL NOT! CRITICIZE US! UND, VERE ARE YOUR PAPERS!

Every time I see this my blood boils. Evertyone involved in passing this blatantly unconstitutional monstrousity should be horse whipped and tarred&feathered.

12 posted on 03/16/2006 10:56:17 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: Ouderkirk
I will assert the first amendment by asserting the second amendment.

Right on!

13 posted on 03/16/2006 11:11:55 AM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: Stellar Dendrite

Need to see who is on the House Rules Committee, and who voted against our unalienable, God-given right to free speech...


14 posted on 03/16/2006 1:45:47 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("After all I've done for you people!!!" -John McCain)
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To: Stellar Dendrite; Ladycalif; Gelato

David Dreier is the chairman.

Why am I not surprised...


15 posted on 03/16/2006 1:47:40 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("After all I've done for you people!!!" -John McCain)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

DAVID DREIER, CA - CHAIRMAN
LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART, FL
LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER, NY - Ranking Minority Member
DOC HASTINGS, WA
JAMES P. McGOVERN, MA
PETE SESSIONS, TX
ALCEE HASTINGS, FL
ADAM PUTNAM, FL
DORIS O. MATSUI, CA
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, WV
TOM COLE, OK
ROB BISHOP, UT
PHIL GINGREY, GA


16 posted on 03/16/2006 1:50:14 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("After all I've done for you people!!!" -John McCain)
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To: albertp; Allosaurs_r_us; Abram; AlexandriaDuke; Americanwolf; Annie03; Baby Bear; bassmaner; ...
Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
17 posted on 03/16/2006 1:53:16 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

This bill failed on the floor last year....seemingly because of the dumb way it was shepherded through the process:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-1606


????


18 posted on 03/16/2006 1:54:43 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("After all I've done for you people!!!" -John McCain)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

Can't figure out who voted which way on the Committee quickly. Have to go for now...if someone finds it ping me...


19 posted on 03/16/2006 2:00:30 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("After all I've done for you people!!!" -John McCain)
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To: Stellar Dendrite; All

Let the nazi bastards pass there sh!tty little fascist law. I dare them to try and enforce it.


21 posted on 03/16/2006 2:07:50 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
Every time I see this my blood boils. Evertyone involved in passing this blatantly unconstitutional monstrousity should be horse whipped and tarred&feathered.

Including W and the supremes who were sitting at the time. Bush failed to veto it, when he certainly should have, and the supremes upheld this blatant attack on free speech. What a blow to freedom and the constitution this was!

22 posted on 03/16/2006 3:24:35 PM PST by calex59 (seeing the light shouldn't make you go blind and, BTW, Stå sammen med danskerne !)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
...without being subjected to government regulation.

I have three words: Make our day.

23 posted on 03/16/2006 3:26:37 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Stellar Dendrite

Where do you suppose the people who support McCain for President are? I don't guess we'll be hearing from them on this thread.


24 posted on 03/16/2006 4:20:51 PM PST by NCSteve
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To: NCSteve

LOL


25 posted on 03/16/2006 4:44:21 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (UAE-- Funds HAMAS and CAIR, check my homepage [UPDATED FREQUENTLY])
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To: All

I'm not understanding this whole thing. Are they saying that a blog is an ad? Are they saying that a message board is an ad? It doesn't make sense to me.


26 posted on 03/16/2006 4:48:51 PM PST by Elyse
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To: Stellar Dendrite
These folk are going to keep drilling down to the absolute basis for the existence of this country until they start an honest-to-God shooting war.

I'm convinced of it.

27 posted on 03/16/2006 8:52:12 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: EternalVigilance
"After all I've done to you people!!!" -John McCain

There, I fixed your tagline.

28 posted on 03/17/2006 4:36:00 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Now is the time for all good customes agents in Tiajunna to come to the aid of their stuned beebers!)
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To: King Prout

*** closing the "Internet campaign loophole.”****

Translation-
"WE would NEVER have told the folks the TRUTH about Dan Rather's Memo!!"


29 posted on 03/17/2006 4:37:59 AM PST by tcrlaf
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To: lesser_satan
Umm, this is a law to prevent political content on the 'net from being regulated. The "nazi bastards" kept it from getting out of committee.
30 posted on 03/17/2006 4:38:19 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Now is the time for all good customes agents in Tiajunna to come to the aid of their stuned beebers!)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
You stated: "[McCain-Feingold makes it a felony for corporations, nonprofit advocacy groups and labor unions to run ads that criticize – or even name – members of Congress within 60 days of a federal election if such speech might have an influence on voters.] "

CFR NWO 3rd WAY Bilderberger PUBOCRATS in your face with their power.

But God forbid that we make it a felony to be in the country illegally.

When the Senate comes back we must hammer them hard on NO AMNESTY

:)Easy Does It:)

31 posted on 04/22/2006 7:09:29 AM PDT by eazdzit (Vote AGAINST All CFR, NWO PuboCrats !! CROSS OVER IN THE PRIMARIES!!!)
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To: NCSteve
You posted: "Where do you suppose the people who support McCain for President are? I don't guess we'll be hearing from them on this thread. "

Hey, if he gets the nomination, its the same people who support Bush. They are NWO Open Border Globalist lackeys.

:)Easy Does It:)

32 posted on 04/22/2006 7:16:57 AM PDT by eazdzit (Vote AGAINST All CFR, NWO PuboCrats !! CROSS OVER IN THE PRIMARIES!!!)
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To: Stellar Dendrite
Official Title: To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to exclude communications over the Internet from the definition of public communication. Status: Failed House (82% of Republicans supporting, 76% of Democrats opposing.) By failing to be passed in the House, this bill or resolution is now dead. Introduced: Apr 13, 2005 Last Action: Mar 13, 2006: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 211. Sponsor: Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R-TX]

Cosponsors Rep. Rob Bishop [R-UT] Rep. Frederick Boucher [D-VA] Rep. Christopher Cannon [R-UT] Rep. John Conyers [D-MI] Rep. Jeff Flake [R-AZ] Rep. Mark Kennedy [R-MN] Rep. Marilyn Musgrave [R-CO] Rep. Ronald Paul [R-TX] Rep. Timothy Ryan [D-OH]

Let's make sure these guys get re-elected

:)Easy Does It:)

33 posted on 04/22/2006 7:37:53 AM PDT by eazdzit (Vote AGAINST All CFR, NWO PuboCrats !! CROSS OVER IN THE PRIMARIES!!!)
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