Tuesday, March 28, 2006


HR 1606 which I had supported in the past due to concerns about what the FEC was going to do may still come up for a vote. The bill would basically exempt the internet entirely from campaign finance law. While I don't think the bill itself is bad, I also don't think it's necessary at this point. More importantly, if itcomes up it could get loaded up with amendments which would pave the way for more meddling. Or, if it fails it could provide grist for the "reform" community as a signal of congressional intent regarding internet regulation if they decide to run back to court.

From my perspective the current status quo, established yesterday, is just fine and it would be best to embrace it for the moment. I don't think 1606 is a bad Bill but I don't think it's necessary either. And bringing it up for a vote could potentially end up causing the problems it's designed to avoid. The FEC action yesterday has already achieved what we wanted.