I just got this email from Mike Schrimpf of the Center for Competitive Politics
Rep. Jeb Hensarling introduced the Blogger Protection Act of 2008 (pdf file) today.
Will you join the Center for Competitive Politics in supporting this important bill?
The bill protects bloggers from dangerous campaign finance regulations by guarantees blogs the same protections granted to other forms of media under federal campaign finance laws.
The legislation also protects bloggers from ever being considered to have made a contribution or expenditure on behalf of, or in opposition to, a candidate by simply linking to campaign websites or writing about the positions of federal candidates.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued regulations two years ago protecting bloggers from being hampered by these campaign finance laws. But these blogger protections are just regulatory—they are not in statute.
As you know, regulations can be changed without congressional action, and there’s no telling what a future FEC might decide to do. Therefore, we shouldn’t put the freedom of bloggers in the regulatory hands of the FEC. Congress should protect them in law.
Please let me know if you are interested in supporting the Blogger Protection Act of 2008.
If you do support the bill, we would appreciate if you are willing to sign onto this letter to Congress that the Center for Competitive Politics drafted in support of the bill.
Also, we would ask that you blog about this bill. And feel free to spread the word to fellow bloggers!
Every blogger should read the bill and take action.