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"A Setback For Bloggers" - H.R. 1605
Bloggers were the focus of attention for about an hour in the House yesterday, and they managed to win the backing of 225 lawmakers for a bill designed to limit the application of campaign finance law to blogs and other Internet communications.
But the final tally, 225-187, fell 47 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to pass the Online Freedom of Speech Act under a procedure designed to expedite passage. For now, that puts the debate about applying campaign finance law back at the Federal Election Commission, where a court-mandated rulemaking has been under way since this summer.
Yesterday's House vote is not technically a defeat for the legislation....
"A Setback For Bloggers," Beltway Blogroll, November 3, 2005
- H.R. 1606
SHORT TITLE(S) AS INTRODUCED:
Online Freedom of Speech Act
OFFICIAL TITLE AS INTRODUCED:
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to exclude communications over the Internet from the definition of public communication.
- "Online Freedom of Speech Act under fire," by Charles Jade, ars techinca, November 2, 2005
- "Online Freedom of Speech Act Introduced in House," by krempasky, RedState.org, April 13, 2005
- "The Digital Money Mill," Editorial, The New York Times, November 1, 2005
- "Why 1606 failed," by kos, daily kos, November 4, 2005
- "Online Freedom of Speech: Further Thoughts," by Adam B, daily kos, November 4, 2005
- "A Vote for Free Speech," by John Samples, CATO, November 2, 2005
- "ACLU Letter to the House of Representatives Urging a 'Yes' Vote on H.R. 1606, the 'Online Freedom of Speech Act'," ACLU, November 2, 2005
- "Hensarling: The Day After," by Bob Bauer, More Soft Money Hard Law, November 3, 2005
- "System Failure: Congress should have passed the Online Freedom of Speech Act," by Allison R. Hayward, National Review Online, November 4, 2005
November 6, 2005 12:05 AM Fourth Estate
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