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Congress about to limit political speech of bloggers?
Hot Air ^ | May 19, 2010 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/19/2010 12:58:50 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

The same sloppy legislative writing that created so many unintended consequences in ObamaCare also plagues the DISCLOSE Act, the effort in Congress to tighten spending rules in the wake of the Citizens United decision — and that’s the generous take on the situation. Reason’s Bradley Smith and Jeff Patch warn that the perhaps-unintended consequences of legislative language will allow the FEC to regulate political speech online. The fact that media entities like the New York Times have specific exemptions built into the bill makes the intent, or lack thereof, rather murky:

Last week, a congressional hearing exposed an effort to give another agency—the Federal Election Commission—unprecedented power to regulate political speech online. At a House Administration Committee hearing last Tuesday, Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley explained that the sloppy statutory language in the “DISCLOSE Act” would extend the FEC’s control over broadcast communications to all “covered communications,” including the blogosphere.

The DISCLOSE Act’s purpose, according to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Chris Van Hollen and other “reformers,” is simply to require disclosure of corporate and union political speech after the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that the government could not ban political expenditures by companies, nonprofit groups, and labor unions.

The bill, however, would radically redefine how the FEC regulates political commentary. A section of the DISCLOSE Act would exempt traditional media outlets from coordination regulations, but the exemption does not include bloggers, only “a communication appearing in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine or other periodical publication…”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blog; blogger; bloggers; blogs; congress; limit; political; restrict; speech

1 posted on 05/19/2010 12:58:50 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

tolcha Obambi’s snarky remark about technology last week was the camel sniffing around the tent.


2 posted on 05/19/2010 1:01:49 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Democrats = National Socialists (NAZIS)


3 posted on 05/19/2010 1:02:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (JUST VOTE THEM OUT! teapartyexpress.org)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I realize I’m stating the obvious here, but this is nothing short of EVIL, and FOUL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL CENSORSHIP!


4 posted on 05/19/2010 1:02:53 PM PDT by sayuncledave
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To: sayuncledave

So what are you gonna do about it? ( part snark and part serious).


5 posted on 05/19/2010 1:04:16 PM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Here in Michigan a republican legislator introduced a bill last week that would require certification to be considered a legitimate “journalist”.


6 posted on 05/19/2010 1:06:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Jim Robinson

Absolutely right!


7 posted on 05/19/2010 1:08:59 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY (Live Free Or Die)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.”

That darnded negative constitution.


8 posted on 05/19/2010 1:12:47 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Jim Robinson
I was wondering how long until the Democrats started proposing “Free Speech Reform.”

Didn't take long...........

9 posted on 05/19/2010 1:14:04 PM PDT by TitansAFC (The Left does not devote so much effort into attacking Sarah Palin because she's a weak candidate.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security”

The second amendment is meant to protect the first. If they pass this law,, all blogging should continue, DARING them to enforce it. Violence is a moral response to *anyone* who comes out to arrest a man, for merely writing his political thoughts and opinions.


10 posted on 05/19/2010 1:14:30 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Under this law it looks like the Federalist Papers would be illegal. Sorry, Publius, you're going into the clink.
11 posted on 05/19/2010 1:14:31 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (I am so immune to satire that I ate three Irish children after reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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To: EBH

that’s a good question. we could:

1. vote them out in november. but then again, as shown last time, you can stuff the boxes in 17 states and once you win you can shut down the fbi investigation against you.

2. protest. then again, 2.5m people were standing on the steps of congress last sept trying to stop the healthcare bill from passing... and they didn’t care. they pushed it through anyhow.

3. you could protest like david thoreau and not pay taxes, thereby defunding them... of course, they are already spending money they don’t have so that won’t work.

4. you could start a blog, as recommended by a congressional staffer... but then, considering the article, i’m fairly certain it’d have zero impact. on top of that, i’m fairly certain a blog would not carry the viewership as a nationwide broadcast

have any other ideas? (and obviously i’m holding back one solution)


12 posted on 05/19/2010 1:14:32 PM PDT by sten
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a shock, huh??!! Try to “regulate” those who actually tell the truth and report the news. Naturally there’s no need to regulate the “mainstream media.” It’s already a wing of the democrat party.


13 posted on 05/19/2010 1:16:31 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Jim Robinson

Nazis liked their country but feared the people. Democrats fear both.


14 posted on 05/19/2010 1:18:13 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Amendment 1 to ten are not compatible with communism and must be eliminated.


15 posted on 05/19/2010 1:20:29 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: sten

If they regulate blogging, it’s as bad as demanding guns be turned in. If they move, the blogging continues in utter defiance of the law. Then THEY either ignore it or try to enforce their new law.

If they come to enforce, (Concord, Boston,,) we do not seek or start any violence, we only demand they desist. If they try to arrest or enforce, we defend by any means.

I feel that is perfectly moral and linear. No man has a right to regulate what an individual writes about politics and spreads as widely as he can.


16 posted on 05/19/2010 1:23:24 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: EBH

Find out how efficiently it may be violated, and do so with great enthusiasm and regularity.


17 posted on 05/19/2010 1:26:19 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (+)
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To: screaminsunshine
Those currently infesting Congress are not compatible with Amendments 1-10 and should be eliminated.

Pick a box. Soap, ballot, jury, bullet.

18 posted on 05/19/2010 1:26:59 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: sten

But more than guns,, they fear sunshine and crowds. If they come to arrest a blogger, there should be a crowd of 5000 surrounding the blogger. They love to pick off low hanging fruit quietly. They will even arrest an illegal alien on the side of the road. But they won’t take on 10,000 in broad daylight.
We can use the same tactic.

They won’t dare. These tea parties have scared them bad.


19 posted on 05/19/2010 1:27:06 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yep...like we didn’t see any of this coming our way!

20 bucks says the internet and FoxNews go way-way about October to “prevent any more of this kind of attack on America”....

20 posted on 05/19/2010 1:27:21 PM PDT by 4everontheRight ("America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Tocquevill)
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To: ctdonath2

My plan exactly. I’d make a horribly bad blogger, but I’d do it in protest.


21 posted on 05/19/2010 1:27:38 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: Dead Corpse

Won’t work. Too many Moochers on the dole.


22 posted on 05/19/2010 1:29:52 PM PDT by screaminsunshine
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://www.discloseact.com/

http://vanhollen.house.gov/UploadedFiles/DISCLOSE_Act.pdf


23 posted on 05/19/2010 1:33:04 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (+)
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To: screaminsunshine

The way I see it, is that the FR is a website of individuals that are like minded and that we are merely communicating between each other. This should make any attempt by BO and company to regulate or control this as an abridgement of our right to privacy. Nobody makes them view these sites. On the other hand, the major networks are liscensed by the gov’t and they control what we see and hear.


24 posted on 05/19/2010 1:35:19 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It would be surprising if today’s Congress would NOT try to stifle political speech or bend it to their advantage.

Good grief, did it have to take this long to realize it?


25 posted on 05/19/2010 1:36:01 PM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM -- America's road to destruction.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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just sayin’


26 posted on 05/19/2010 1:52:44 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: Doogle

sounds like an issue that could tie up the Federal Courts for the next thirteen years


27 posted on 05/19/2010 2:04:35 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"“Whether a given category of speech enjoys First Amendment protection depends upon
a categorical balancing of the value of the speech against its societal costs.”

Coming soon to a USSC near you.
28 posted on 05/19/2010 2:12:10 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I live outside the USA and can post a blog from overseas... I imagine anyone could.


29 posted on 05/19/2010 2:23:10 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Unintended consequences”? I don’ t believe that for a second. Obama and his lefties want to regulate what anyone says about them. They do not want anything leaking out about what they are up to until one morning you wake up and we are under Marshall law.They we will spend the rest of u=our lives telling our kids and grand kids what a wonderful place the USA used to be before BO.You the press think this is only for bloggers? Think again!


30 posted on 05/19/2010 2:25:26 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: DesertRhino

My guess is that they’ll use the ISP’s to police the content. They’ll scan for combinations of words and/or key words. They’ll then pull the plug on anything objectionable. (A SPAM filter works similarly.) They’ll enforce it by making it simply unavailable.

What we might do is develop really sophisticated email programs. We’ll send articles via email. Or, perhaps we’ll be able to use the phone system to text small stuff. (Obama-shirts raiding south Tampa today. Convoy to take arrestees to Stark Federal Reeducation Facility on Thursday.)


31 posted on 05/19/2010 2:36:39 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: cripplecreek
Here in Michigan a republican legislator introduced a bill last week that would require certification to be considered a legitimate “journalist”.
The First Amendment doesn't discriminate between "journalists" and any other kind of nonfiction (or even fiction) publishing. You're a journalist?" Big whoop!

32 posted on 05/19/2010 5:27:35 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

In this case it will require a “legitimate journalist” vouching for you.


33 posted on 05/19/2010 5:29:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
In this case it will require a “legitimate journalist” vouching for you.
Big Journalism - Associated Press journalism - is the Establishment, and a law which gives wire service journalism privileges to speak/print/blog not available to those disfavored by Big Journalism would establish a title of nobility IMHO. Unconstitutional.

34 posted on 05/20/2010 2:01:27 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ( DRAFT PALIN)
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