Friday, January 19, 2007

Government wants bloggers to register

By Nick Farrell

The U.S. government is planning to force bloggers who criticise Congress and organise grassroot causes to register themselves or face jail time.

According to GrassrootsFreedom.com, under Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, bloggers who have more than 500 readers will have to register and report quarterly to Congress just like lobbiests or go to jail.

GrassrootsFreedom.com chairman Richard Viguerie said the new law would create the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever.

The amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter and is currently on hold as it seems to have got bogged down in the legislative process. It would be interesting to find a bog that is read by more than 500 people.

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2 Comments:

Blogger CrimsonLine said...

I'm pretty sure that blogs like Hugh Hewitt.com, evangelical outpost, the daily kos, instapundit and other high-profile blogs have far more than 500 readers. How does one track the number of readers, though? And in what way is a blog a lobbying effort? It's a piece of literature!

This whole thing sounds wonky to me.

January 20, 2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I think belief.net has way more than 500 readers too.

This is just another attempt to infringe on our First Amendment rights. Where will it end?

January 20, 2007 3:23 PM  

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