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Mr. Brad C. Deutsch
Assistant General Counsel
Federal Election Commission
999 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20463
Re: Comments on Notice 2005-10: Internet Communications
Dear Mr. Deutsch,
These comments are submitted in response to the Federal Election Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 2005-10 published at 70 Fed. Reg. 16,967 (April 4, 2005), seeking comment on how the Commission should amend the rule defining “public communication” in 11 CFR 100.26, as mandated by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Shays v. FEC, 337 F. Supp. 2d 28 (D.D.C. 2004) to include certain public communications taking place on the Internet. The Commission also seeks comment on whether to extend the exception for news stories, commentaries and editorials to media activities that appear on the Internet and whether to extend the protections of certain volunteer activities to individuals.
The electorate is best served when the Commission crafts rules that remove actual corruption while encouraging more participation, opinions and choices to permeate the democratic process.
It is in this spirit and for the reasons stated below that the Commission should move forward with its proposal to include the term “paid advertisements on the Internet” under the definition of “public communication,” to extend the protections afforded to volunteers to include individuals and groups of individuals, and to treat certain online publications as falling under the “media exemption” rule.
In addition, Michael Bassik, representing the Online Coalition, and Michael Krempasky, representing Redstate.org, request the opportunity to testify at the public hearing on June 28 or 29, 2005.
Thank you for your consideration and for the opportunity to submit these comments.
Michael A. Bassik
The Online Coalition
Falls Church, VA
Potomac Falls, VA
Vice President, Edelman
R. Rebecca Donatelli
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
San Francisco, CA
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