March 5, 2005
'This is Pernicious in Every Way'
Dan Gillmor has a sharp summary of recent goings-on re: bloggers’ legal status this morning.
This thing about regulating blogposts as political contributions is whack. And also indicative of the errant direction of our campaign finance law: Rather than try to keep all the money out, we should be trying to get more money in. Lots more.
If every American contributed a crisp twenty to the candidate of her choice (and linked to that candidate on her blog! woo!) the cash generated could totally compete with the few hundred million that corporations cough up. The logic of “keep the money out” is what leads us to stupid conclusions like blogposts-as-contributions. Again I say: whack.