March 20, 2006
"Bloggers push politics aside in fight against FEC; It's a case of strange bedfellows, as liberals and conservatives unite against rules that could rein in political blogs."
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune offers this report. You can find my earlier commentaries on this issue here, here and here. The election law listserv is currently having a contentious debate on the question (including the competing House bills, 1606 and 4900). You can access the postings by following this thread.
That the Thune bloggers were paid was disclosed:
(a) in FEC filings as early as the second-quarter 2004 report: http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2005/4/4/11593/26253/61#c61
(b) in an August 9 article in the Argus-Leader: http://www.southdakotaelections.com/Story.cfm?Type=Election&ID=2713
I think I'm unfortunately responsible for leading the reporter astray on this point. Thanks to Adam for the correction.
Posted by Rick Hasen at March 20, 2006 07:02 AM