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Democrats on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

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In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

 

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.

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  1. You can always see a loser by their attempt to regulate, regulate, regulate. And that is what is wrong with government today.
    Stop regulating and start doing things right then you will have a whole lot less criticism of how you are running the government.
    Years ago, they should never have allowed one small group of people to own all the media. Now the internet is spoiling the complete control of coverage of the news and showing up the news media big time.
    I can see why they want to put controls on it. I think they need to read the constitution again. Might give them a clue as to what the fifth estate is all about.