Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Radley on the Point: Our Agitator parses, as far as he's able, the byzantine and tortuous "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act" (aka CFR) that will govern the 2004 presidential campaign. What if a concerned citizen put up a "fansite" encouraging donations and votes for a candidate? Under CFR, I believe this is need not be disclosed or computed for value, but what makes it different from TV or radio? After all, we hear all the time how the internet is becoming the more important medium. I'm not sure, but I think this would be considered an in-kind donation under Vermont's very strict state campaign laws, where a candidate must even calculate a monetary value for volunteers' work on a campaign, and apply that against the monetary limit on the race.