Video and transcripts from the Friday March 11, 2005 keynote speeches at the Politics Online Conference, featuring FEC Chairman Scott Thomas and Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit) are now available.
- Remarks by Scott Thomas, Chairman of the Federal Election Commission [Transcript ]
Chairman Thomas – The FEC adopted what I’m calling kind of a “blunderbuss exemption” for everything Internet-related. Then, when the FEC got to the new coordination regulations required by BCRA, it decided to incorporate the same “public communication” analysis used in the party soft-money rules. And that meant the same “blunderbuss exemption” for Internet communications was applied. Again, no distinction was made between ‘Saddam Hussein Missile Corporation’ coordinating with a candidate to pay for a $1 million dollar hard-hitting video clip sent to every voter in every battleground state, and, on the other hand, ‘Billy Blogger,’ wearing his Lyndon LaRouche volunteer badge and toiling for hours late at night in his basement…to post his well-reasoned diatribes on his website that cost no more than $25 bucks to create. [More]
Well, I want to thank Commissioner Thomas for providing what I think is the most cogent argument for the abolition of the Federal Election Commission [laughter, applause] I’ve ever heard. [laughter, applause]
Be sure to check out the text of the letter delivered to Chairman Thomas at The Online Coalition.
Note: The date on this entry has been changed to reflect the day we got all three videos online. Sorry for the delay.