The Online Freedom of Speech Act

Last night the House of Representatives narrowly defeated "The Online Freedom of Speech Act", a bill that would have exempted online communications from campaign finance regulations.

The Columbia Journalism Review blog reports that many bloggers are disappointed by the bill's defeat.

"Thanks, jackasses," fumes Libertarian Democrat Matt Welch on Hit and Run. Adam B. of Daily Kos has a good recap of the major issues.

Ohio 2nd notes that Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt voted against the bill. Schmidt narrowly won a special election in Ohio's 2nd District in which her Democratic opponent, Paul Hackett, raised approximately $500,000 online.

Personally, I'm suspicious of any Republican-sponsored bill that facilitates unregulated campaign spending anywhere.

[CJR Daily, Hit and Run, Ohio 2nd]

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