Ellen Weintraub, DC commissioner on the Federal Election Commission speaks out. Reports of a Federal Election Commission plot to "crack down" on blog
March 6, 2005

Ellen Weintraub, DC commissioner on the Federal Election Commission speaks out.

Reports of a Federal Election Commission plot to "crack down" on blogging and e-mail are wildly exaggerated.

First of all, we're not the speech police. We don't tell private citizens what they can or cannot say, on the Internet or anywhere else. The FEC regulates campaign finance. There's got to be some money involved, or it's out of our jurisdiction.

Second, let's get the facts straight. Congress, in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, limited how one can pay for communications that are coordinated with political campaigns, including any form of "general public political advertising." ...read on

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