Bradley Smith, one of the six commissioners on the Federal Election Commission, warns today of upcoming regulation on political blogging. The News.com article says bloggers and news outlets could be in trouble for "improperly linking to a campaign's Web site." In a nutshell, he's saying such links equate to campaign contributions:
"The real question is: Would a link to a candidate's page be a problem? If someone sets up a home page and links to their favorite politician, is that a contribution? This is a big deal, if someone has already contributed the legal maximum, or if they're at the disclosure threshold and additional expenditures have to be disclosed under federal law."
As you read along, the real issue is that the current Federal law that exempts the press from this type of regulation doesn't currently cover online activities such as blogging.