Light blogging this morning, as I head down to Olympia, where the Public Disclosure Commission is holding a “Stakeholder Meeting Regarding Internet Lobbying.” Considering some of the questions that will be addressed, I think I’m what one might describe as a stakeholder:
Lobbying Blogs (Web logs)?
o Are lobbying postings and responses on blogs reportable?
o Are funds provided to “tip jars” (donation links) on lobbying blogs reportable?
Um… hell no.
If the PDC were to adopt such rules, they would instantly become a playground for harassing bloggers, with organizations and individuals filing PDC complaints willy nilly. Such rules would also be a major lawsuit waiting to happen, as I’m going to make it clear that under no circumstances would I comply with such rules should they pass… unless, of course, they apply the exact same regulations to Frank Blethen and his staff of paid lobbyists.
I’ll report back from the meeting, but in the meanwhile, the PDC’s Lori Anderson is soliciting public comments, and you can send her an email here.