Thursday, September 6, 2007

Political Blogs Exempt From Campaign Finance Laws

Responding to a complaint filed by a blogger for politically conservative Web sites, the US Federal Election Commission yesterday declared that DailyKos, a politically liberal site, operates as a news and commentary provider. As such - in effect, as a member of the "media" - DailyKos is exempt from campaign finance laws that restrict the amounts of money individuals and organizations may contribute. This is good news for bloggers. Here’s the key quote from the FEC: “While the complaint asserts that DailyKos advocates for the election of Democrats for federal office, the Commission has repeatedly stated that an entity that would otherwise qualify for the media exemption does not lose its eligibility because it features news or commentary lacking objectivity or expressly advocates in its editorials the election or defeat of a federal candidate.” BetaNews summarizes this in one line: “the presence of bias does not indicate the absence of media.”

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