Online Freedom Of Speech Action Alert

Politicians have seen the light when it comes to blogs; they’re engaging as never before. It can’t be a one way street. If they come to us for support and money, they need to support our interests as well.

Last night many, many politicians failed that test. One of those who failed us was my own Congressman. Here’s the letter I sent.

The Honorable Frank R. Wolf
United States House of Representatives
241 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4610

Dear Rep. Wolf,

As a constituent of yours I’m disappointed in your abandonment of free speech and freedom from onerous FEC regulations for blogger/journalists such as myself.

Last night the House failed to pass The Online Freedom Of Speech Act (HR 1606), even though there was strong bipartisan support for the bill. We expect that the bill will come up again under different circumstances that will not require a 2/3rd’s majority to pass.

Last week I, and other local bloggers, were invited by the House Republican Conference to blog live from the Capitol. We interviewed several members on a range of topics. It’s clear that the Republican leadership now gets the message that blogs are politically important. Even Speaker Hastert started a blog.

As a high profile blogger, I’ve also been a leader in fighting for fair treatment from the FEC in their BCRA rulemaking process (see The Online Coalition and this post). The Online Freedom Of Speech Act is an important issue to us – so important that Republican Congressman are blogging about it.

My question to you Congressman Wolf is why were you one of only 38 Republicans to vote no on HR 1606?I’ll let everyone know what response comes back. If you’re Congressman (Republican or Democrat) voted against the bill, perhaps you should ping them as to why? Redstate is tracking answers from Republicans. Adam B at DailyKos is tracking answers from Democrats.

Note: I paraphrased Adam B’s, “if Democrats want to come to us for support, they need to support us as well” line above since it was so good. It applies to both parties, just more so to Democrats in this case…

Update: The National Journal’s Beltway Blogroll is publishing portions floor debate.

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