May 02, 2005
"On Bloggers and Money"
The Washington Post offers this report, with the subhead: "Some Seek Disclosure Rules for Web Sites Paid by Candidates." I've been one of the (only) public advocates for this position, and readers wanting more background and support can look here, here, and here. One interesting observation from the Post article: "Scott Thomas, the FEC's Democratic chairman, said it has yet to hear from the authors of the 2002 campaign finance reform legislation or any of the prominent watchdog groups on the disclaimer issue. 'We really haven't gotten any of the usual suspects to submit a comment yet,' Thomas said." I think it is no mystery why: an online coalition of left and right bloggers are arrayed against it, and relentless in their opposition to any regulation of the blogosphere.