The FEC has been sicced on Kos
I know Daily Kos has already noticed this. However, I first saw this on Media Girl. Seems like the FEC has decided that "bloggers" are getting too much money to candidates. So the plan is to count links to campaign websites from your own website as a political donation.
This is more than an attack on free speech. This is a big "fuck you" to the very idea of democracy. Bloggers are ordinary citizens and we present ourselves as nothing more or less, really. How can it be illegal for an independent person to endorse a candidate?
This is nothing more than a bunch of Republicans using their power to shut down citizen influence on a democratic government. How dare Daily Kos encourage ordinary people to give money to campaigns, thereby enticing the candidates to stand up for the people instead of big money corporate power? FEC Commissioner Bradley Smith:
If someone sets up a home page and links to their favorite politician, is that a contribution? This is a big deal, if someone has already contributed the legal maximum, or if they're at the disclosure threshold and additional expenditures have to be disclosed under federal law.
No word yet on if the FEC will investigate how many millions upon millions of dollars non-citizen Rupert Murdoch spent promoting President Bush's campaign through Fox "News".