The Washington Times - September 4, 2007, 12:40PM
Seattle Times reports
The go-slow approach by the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), which collects candidates’ financial information and enforces elections laws, is applauded by most bloggers and campaign experts, though some say policing the Internet is unnecessary and all but impossible. ….\ \ \ “Are we going to regulate what bloggers say? No,” said Jane Noland, one of five commissioners. “We are not interested in regulating speech.”\ \ \ Last year, after a series of hearings, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released new measures for presidential and congressional races that were heralded by advocates of limited government regulation.\ \ \ The FEC said bloggers do not have to reveal payments directly from political campaigns, but the campaigns must disclose such payments as expenditures. Unpaid political activity on the Internet did not have to be reported as a free contribution to a campaign. Paid advertisements by candidates and parties on Web sites must be disclosed, just the same as with traditional media.\
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— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington Times