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Should the DailyKos be Subject to the Federal Election Commission? [Hell no!!]
BC Magazine ^ | 7/23/07 | John Bambenek

Posted on 07/23/2007 6:30:32 PM PDT by indigo5

A complaint was filed against the Daily Kos for violating federal election rules. The filer writers on the story over at BC Magazine.:

Federal Election Commission rules apply for organizations that spend or contribute an equivalent of $1,000 per year in trying to influence elections for federal office. DailyKos is owned by Kos Media, a company, which makes it fit the definition of an organization. It surely spends at least $1,000 per year in hosting and based on what they charge (and get) for advertising, their support of candidates is certainly worth over $1,000 per year. Lastly, their self-identified purpose is to influence elections in the Democrats favor. They fit the criteria.

Some will argue that this is a slippery slope that will snare all bloggers. First, most bloggers aren't organizations. Second, most bloggers are read by like 3 people and their posts are certainly not worth $1,000. Third, most bloggers don't exist for the primary purpose of electing certain people to federal office.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: campaignfinance; dailykos; elections; fec; liberals
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1 posted on 07/23/2007 6:30:33 PM PDT by indigo5
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To: indigo5
One could argue that Kos is a front to allow over the limit contributions by the founder to his candidate de’jour.
2 posted on 07/23/2007 6:35:03 PM PDT by mnehring (Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit)
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To: indigo5
Yup, we're not part of that crowd. Our purpose is to put politicians into the federal prison system.

That's about as far from an election as you can get.

3 posted on 07/23/2007 6:36:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mnehrling

One could make the same claim about FR.


4 posted on 07/23/2007 6:37:07 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman; jimrob
Except FR doesn’t hold official campaign events for candidates and congressional leaders. Ping JimRob as I think he can shed a lot of light as to how this works for him and his view on KOS- strictly from a business sense.
5 posted on 07/23/2007 6:39:22 PM PDT by mnehring (Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit)
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To: Maceman
"One could make the same claim about FR."

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. This can and will come back to bite F.R. and dozens possible hundreds of other sites.
6 posted on 07/23/2007 6:40:30 PM PDT by ndt
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To: indigo5

very bad idea—free republic would be shut down by Hill.


7 posted on 07/23/2007 6:40:33 PM PDT by don'tbedenied
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To: indigo5

The Daily Kos does nothing more substantial than any other press or media organization. Perhaps The New York Times doesn’t officially proclaim its dedication toward the election of Democrats, but even most liberals willingly acknowledge their crucial role. Any activities of the Daily Kos clearly fall under the protections of the freedom of speech and of the press clauses of the First Amendment, which explicitly prohibits legislative restriction of those rights. If the Kos Media company bought advertising clearly geared toward the benefit of its favored candidates rather than to enhance its readership, then perhaps it might enter the world of commerce subject to regulatory purview.


8 posted on 07/23/2007 6:45:59 PM PDT by dufekin (Name the leader of our enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, terrorist dictator)
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To: indigo5
Should the DailyKos be Subject to the Federal Election Commission?

Absolutely not. And why should there be an FEC to begin with?

10 posted on 07/23/2007 6:55:05 PM PDT by pnh102
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To: indigo5

The FEC should be limited in power only to provide oversight for the use of public funds. All other powers should be eliminated.

Yet more BS to thank Peanut Brain Jimmuh Carter for.


11 posted on 07/23/2007 6:56:05 PM PDT by M203M4 (Vote conservatism in 2008 - vote to defend the US Constitution.)
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To: don'tbedenied

The Kos boyz are more directly involved in getting candidates elected and raising boat loads of cash for those cnadidates then FR is.

That being said, Kos is already beginning to fail (IMO) at their alleged purpose (Changing the Dhimicrat Party).

The Kos Boyz are getting co-opted, but for all of that, “NO” Kos should not be FEC fodder, that goes against Constitutional Principles that Conservatives uphold.

we agree.


12 posted on 07/23/2007 6:59:09 PM PDT by padre35 (Conservative in Exile.)
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To: mnehrling
"Should the DailyKos be Subject to the Federal Election Commission?"

Not only no, but hell no! The first amendment protects our God-given unalienable rights to free speech, free press, freedom to dissent and freedom of association. All of the campaign laws enacted by congress in violation of the first amendment should be repealed as unconstitutional and the FEC disbanded.

13 posted on 07/23/2007 7:15:59 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Don’t worry. The FEC won’t get around to it until 2010.


14 posted on 07/23/2007 7:31:19 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: Maceman

i was thinking the very same thing.

when people here start thinking about using
THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT it just makes me sick.

i do not care if it sounds far, it still is talk of treason to our constitution.


15 posted on 07/23/2007 7:34:17 PM PDT by postaldave (republicans need spending rehab before trying to control congress again.)
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To: mnehrling

The FEC should stay out of trying to control content over the Internet and the 1st amendment.


16 posted on 07/23/2007 7:37:49 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: Maceman

Not sure. FR does not accept advertising, nor do we host the diaries of political candidates, although freepers can put what they want on their homepage. Slippery slope, though.


17 posted on 07/23/2007 7:38:35 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: indigo5

First they the came for the KOSsacks but I said nothing, because I wasn’t a KOSsack...


18 posted on 07/23/2007 7:38:47 PM PDT by BJClinton (pfft)
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To: indigo5

No. Agree with them or not, they have the right to donate money their money as they wish. Going after Kos is just begging for the same to be done to FR. Campaign “reform” laws are wrong, no matter who they’re used against.


19 posted on 07/23/2007 7:39:12 PM PDT by MinnesotaLibertarian
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To: Maceman
Is FreeRepublic sponsoring an event for the Republican candidates? No! We discuss our support for a candidate(s) on the board, but we don’t, at least to my knowledge, hold a symposium for the candidates, sponsored by FreeRepublic or Jet Blue. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
20 posted on 07/23/2007 7:44:58 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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