Bloggers and Federal Election Laws
November 22, 2005 at 2:35 PM
In an advisory opinion approved on November 17, 2005, the Federal Election Commission concluded that the content of blogs created by an organization called Fired Up "are encompassed by the press exception" to the Federal Campaign Act of 1971. According to the FEC, Fired Up qualified as a "press entity" because "its websites are both available to the general public and are the online equivalent of a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication as described in the Act" and FEC regulations. Most political bloggers are hailing the FEC opinion as a tremendous victory for the blogosphere. Read reaction from both sides of the political fence here.