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Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.

In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.

Smith should know. He's one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet.

In 2002, the FEC exempted the Internet by a 4-2 vote, but U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly last fall overturned that decision. "The commission's exclusion of Internet communications from the coordinated communications regulation severely undermines" the campaign finance law's purposes, Kollar-Kotelly wrote.

Smith and the other two Republican commissioners wanted to appeal the Internet-related sections. But because they couldn't get the three Democrats to go along with them, what Smith describes as a "bizarre" regulatory process now is under way.

CNET News.com spoke with Smith about the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, better known as the McCain-Feingold law, and its forthcoming extrusion onto the Internet.


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Just repeal that damned-fool law, an abridgement of the first amendment to protect current office-holders and the two major parties from challenges to their dominance.
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we-hell. I look forward to linking to *every* campaign website I can find in some form or fashion if this thing passes. I will write and link as I please on the site I host and run, thank you very much, and these guys can go hang [:(!]
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Whatever happened to free speech? Maybe the ones who want to crack down on these blog sites just want more votes...

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This really is a bit startling, isn't it? Why not take the exact opposite approach, and actively encourage blogging by substantially reducing campaign finance limits? Encourage word of mouth and grassroots support, rather than promote a system that paves the way for the purchase of political power. The Internet is a wonderful thing, and this is dumb as a rock...

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we-hell. I look forward to linking to *every* campaign website I can find in some form or fashion if this thing passes. I will write and link as I please on the site I host and run, thank you very much, and these guys can go hang [:(!]
Wonderful plan, Webwench!

Who exactly is supporting this wonderful expansion of government censorship?
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Both the media establishment and the political establishment see blogs as a threat. The war is just beginning.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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