Bloggers and the DISCLOSE Act
BY Nancy Scola | Friday, May 21 2010
The fuss over whether Rep. Chris Van Hollen's (D-MD) DISCLOSE Act will apply to bloggers seems to have done the trick:
A Van Hollen spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Caller on Tuesday that Rep. Van Hollen had contacted Sean Parnell at the CCP [Center for Competitive Politics] and agreed to alter all references to “communication” to “public communication.” “I have talked with Chris Van Hollen’s office,” Parnell told The Daily Caller, “and this was an unintentional error on their part. And they attend to address it. The FEC has ruled that the term ‘public communication’ does not cover the internet or bloggers, but ‘communication’ is a different term, which does cover bloggers.”
At issue was whether DISCLOSE -- congressional Dems' attempt to fight the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision on campaign finance with transparency -- would include restrictions on bloggers that wouldn't apply to other mediums. Worth keeping in mind that one of the loudest voices warning about regulations on blogging opposes the bill totally as an attempt to silence corporations so that labor unions can rule the political field without competition.