Fair Political Practices Commission
Rules on Political Blogging -California
Blogging for politics comes under new rules. California – The Fair Political Practices Commission approved regulation Section 18421.5 to increase campaign transparency. A rule requiring campaigns to disclose payments to bloggers or other commentators who post opinion online.
Consumer Watchdog. argues that voters have a right to know if the communications they’re watching and reading have been paid for. Paid campaign attacks by political bloggers masquerading as impartial commentators represent one of the biggest loopholes in campaign transparency in California because voters are getting more information from online sources.
The regulation would waive the campaign disclosure only if the blogger disclosed within the actual commentary that he or she is being paid. Achieving this kind of real-time disclosure for all campaign communications, at the point the voter is reading the message, should be the Commission’s ultimate goal, said Consumer Watchdog.
Opposition for the regulation came from paid spokespeople whose income from digital political commentaries is now often not made public.
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