…that we forget to note the best news so far for politics in America:
The Federal Election Commission decided Monday that the nation's new campaign finance law will not apply to most political activity on the Internet.
In a 6-0 vote, the commission decided to regulate only paid political ads placed on another person's Web site.
The decision means that bloggers and online publications will not be covered by provisions of the new election law. Internet bloggers and individuals will therefore be able to use the Internet to attack or support federal candidates without running afoul of campaign spending and contribution limits….
Commissioners said the new rule also specifically changes several other FEC regulations to make it clear that Internet activity, such as blogging, e-mail communications and online publications, is not covered by the campaign law.
Now if only the FEC would rule against all campaign law as infringements on the First Amendment…
Former FEC head Brad Smith called bullshit on John McCain's War on Political Speech in the December 2005 Reason. Read all about it here.