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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:29 AM


California To Require Political Payment Disclosures From Bloggers

California To Require Political Payment Disclosures From Bloggers

Here in America, we value free speech. One of our most visible points of national pride is the 1st amendment and the freedoms to communicate it protects. So when people who don’t like certain types of speech want to stop it, or inhibit it, they know they can’t just pass laws doing that directly. So, instead, they seek to regulate it to death under the guise of enhancing transparency and ethics.

Case in point, California requiring that bloggers disclose payments they receive from political campaigns:

SAN FRANCISCO — In a new twist on political disclosure, California may soon require bloggers to report financing from campaigns.

The proposal, by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, is believed by state election officials here to be the first of its kind in the nation. …

Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the commission, said that initially the disclosure requirement would be voluntary but that such disclosures work best if required by law. She compared the proposal to guidance by the Federal Trade Commission that bloggers praising a product reveal if they are being paid by a company.

“I think it’s more important in a political arena,” Ravel said. “People tend to rely on bloggers and they should know that the opinion may be shaded if they are receiving compensation.”


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shraby Feb 2013 #1

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:14 AM

1. That opens another question...are they paying the income taxes on the pay they get?

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