Here’s the roll call on that House Bill to exclude blogs and e-mails and such from regulation by the FEC under McCain-Feingold:
179 (77%) = Republicans in favor of excluding the Internet from FEC regulation.
46 (23%) = Democrats in favor thereof.
Totals: 225-182-26, in favor.
This effort to exclude blogs from the FEC’s domain failed, however, because a 2/3 majority was required to pass that particular bill under the chosen procedural framework.
From the Associated Press: House Defeats Bill on Political Blogs
The vote in effect clears the way for the FEC to move ahead with court-mandated rule-making to govern political speech and campaign spending on the Internet.
Disappointing, but not over yet.
UPDATE (from GPW): Over at Malcontent, Robbie sees this as a strike against free speech.
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