FEC Says Bloggers Have Same Rights As Media
The FEC issued two rulings last week that exempt Bloggers from FEC restrictions identifying bloggers as media-like and thus entitled to similar First Amendment protections.
Complaints in front of the Federal Election Commission accused bloggers of being shills for political campaigns and thus should be subject to the federal election rules. The Daily Kos was one of the targets of these complaints. The FEC determined that blog posts are not contributions to the candidate unless the blog is “owned by a political party, committee, or candidate”. What bloggers are doing can be likened to the endorsement of a candidate such as is done by newspapers and other media sources.