Blogs could be shut down 60 days pre-election

Saw this on the GOA site.
You McCain supporters might want to read this.

“…Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote, as early as Thursday, on legislation introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. This bill (H.R. 1606) will exempt the Internet from regulation under federal ‘electioneering’ laws.

Unless the Hensarling-Paul bill is successful, many major blogs and web sites could be shut down for 60 days before any general election — and for 30 days prior to any primary — making it much more difficult for groups like Gun Owners of America to criticize anti-gun candidates.

How did we arrive at such a dismal state?

You may remember that, a half-decade ago, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) pushed a McCain-Feingold bill which, as enacted, prohibits organizations from engaging in major ‘broadcast communications’ which even mention a candidate in a favorable or unfavorable light within 60 days of a general election (30 days of a primary).

Senate Republicans rolled over — and George Bush signed the bill — based on the assumption that the Supreme Court would surely save them from their unconstitutional legislation. But, in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, 540 U.S. 93 (2003), the Supreme Court, by a five-to-four decision, upheld McCain-Feingold, almost in its entirely…”

GOA Alert– March 15, 2006:

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Posted on March 21, 2006, in Politics. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. grr McCain.

    And no one pays me to badmouth him, either. I do it for free, because that’s just the way I roll.

  2. The GOA is taking an alarmist view. While some could stretch the words of the election rules to mean that blogs couldn’t be election shills without adhering to the election rules for other media, it’s too much of a stretch to say that they could be shut down.

    There isn’t a Federal District court in the country that WOULDN’T allow an injunction against that interpretation of McCain-Feingold II, and even the GFW groups know this. They aren’t stupid enough to try something that they would be slapped down for so fast in Federal Court, and that would be a slam-dunk.

    In Canada, where there is a lot LESS law protecting individual expression, the government was totally unsuccessful in getting bloggers not to discuss the Gomery Ad-Scam case in blogs. If the Canucks couldn’t make blog censorship stick, it would never fly here.

    The GOA doesn’t do itself any favors with the chicken-little attitude.

  3. Yeah, but didn’t two Seattle Disk Jockeys get fined or something for “In Kind Donations”, because they discussed one of the candidates? Sorry I’m vague on the details.

    Also I was under the impression that the blog censorship *was* succesful in Canada. I thought that Captain Ed was one of the few blogs that was covering the Canadian Liberal Scandal.

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