Blogs needn’t report campaign pay

May 3, 2012

Bloggers receiving political campaign money won’t be required to report that to state elections officials, at least for now. [Sacramento Bee]

The chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced last month her intention to initiate a mandatory disclosure requirement from persons writing blogs on the Internet.  Ann Ravel said this week she won’t now pursue the mandatory requirement, but she hopes to stimulate some debate on the issue.

Reception to Ravel’s idea by free speech advocates and others had been chilly, and may not have been endorsed by the FPPC board, several members suggested.

Candidates for political office already are required to disclose payments to bloggers as a campaign expenditure.

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Ann Ravel might need to read the two Constitutions [U.S. and California] she took an oath to support when she first took office. Didn’t the debate over free speech and press get resolved on December 15, 1791, when three fourths of the States ratified the First Amendment?