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John Hrabe

FPPC’s Power to Regulate Drudge, Out-of-State Sites

(This piece is cross-posted from CalWatchdog.com.) Read it here.

California’s chief political watchdog, Ann Ravel, recently announced plans to regulate political websites that accept payments from campaigns.California bloggers right, left and center quickly criticized the proposal for quashing free speech and putting them at a disadvantage to out-of-state competitors.

“The Internet is global,” wrote Mark Paul on his blog, the California Fix. “The commission’s jurisdiction is limited to California. If campaigns find it useful to make payments to online sock puppets, won’t they funnel the dollars to bloggers living outside the state? Do we want to send jobs out of California?”

Out-of-state competition might not be a problem, say some legal experts, because California’s Fair Political Practices Commission could cross state lines and police out-of-state blogs and websites, including international news… Read More