DailyKos Violating Campaign Finance Law?
BlogCritics contributor John Bambenek claims to have filed an FEC complaint against DailyKos on the grounds that it is an organization committed to electing Democrats to office and provides contributions far exceeding those allowed by campaign finance laws.
Apparently, Bambenek missed the sturm und drang over this controversy that unfolded two years ago. After quite a bit of lobbying by the likes of DailyKos and RedState, the FEC ruled that bloggers are essentially exempt from the dictats of McCain-Feingold because we are considered “media.” (See Mike Krempasky and Adam B for more details.)
The Corner‘s David Freddoso calls Bambenek’s filing, “an outrage against the First Amendment that every conservative should fight vigorously.” Judging from the unanimity on this issue I’ve seen thus far (see Bruce McQuain and Sister Toldja, for example) that’s happening.
Still, it’s unclear to me why activists banding together on an Internet Web site should have any more free speech rights than those who do so in a meeting room somewhere. As outrageous as this filing is, it’s only possible because of an outrageous law that allows partisans to stifle the free speech rights of those they disagree with on the basis of “cleaning up politics.”