September 6, 2007

Right wing Champaign blogger brings FEC suit against liberal blog, loses big

The conservative windmill tilters are at it again.

A Champaign, IL right wing blogger, John Bambenek, thought it would be a neat idea to bring an FEC suit against liberal blog The Daily KOS alleging that it was in fact a political committee and as such should fall under FEC regulations as a PAC.

In tossing out his suit, the FEC utterly rejected his claim and in fact said that sites like Daily KOS are clearly and completely protected from this sort of regulation as they are the rough equivalent of a newspaper or magazine which may editorialize in favor of one candidate or another.

Needless to say, to this guy, a web site that advocates election of Democrats is violating the law, but an entire television news network like Fox Noise devoted to electing Republicans, well, they're fine.

The excerpt from the FEC response posted at the Daily KOS here makes it apparent they didn't have to spend much time before slapping this suit down.


At 9/06/2007 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A higher authority will overturn this judgment on the merits! Blogs funded by rich patrons cannot be allowed to skirt the Constitution. Political blogs which promote candidates will have to file various disclosure statements so unsuspecting voters wil know who is behind a blog and who funds it.

At 9/06/2007 4:50 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

There IS no higher authority than the FEC.

KOS doesn't rely on "rich patrons", but rather hundreds of thousands of red-blooded American liberals and Democrats.

I know that freaks you out, but I'm afraid you'll have to live with it.

You can always go hang out a Free Republic or any number of huge bug houses for conservatives online.

You apparently don't have a problem with those sites.


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