Skip to comments.Should the DailyKos be Subject to the Federal Election Commission? [Hell no!!]
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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That's about as far from an election as you can get.
One could make the same claim about FR.
very bad idea—free republic would be shut down by Hill.
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.
Absolutely not. And why should there be an FEC to begin with?
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.
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.
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.
Don’t worry. The FEC won’t get around to it until 2010.
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.
The FEC should stay out of trying to control content over the Internet and the 1st amendment.
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.
First they the came for the KOSsacks but I said nothing, because I wasn’t a KOSsack...
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.
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