Because you apparently have to be a nobody, that no one cares what you have to say, as in, no income from ads or syndication, if this FEC ruling is carried any further.
NASCAR driver is rebuked for Bush sticker (scroll down the page)
[...] the FEC sent an “admonishment letter” to Kirk Shelmerdine Racing. [...] underfunded and undersponsored driver. He has never finished higher than 26th.
So back in 2004, [...] he placed a “Bush-Cheney ’04” decal on his rear quarter panel, which was otherwise unencumbered by advertising. Democratic activist Sydnor Thompson complained to the FEC, and the agency found that Shelmerdine “may have made an unreported independent expenditure or a prohibited corporate expenditure.”
Former commissioner Bradley Smith dissented in one of the case’s early votes and blogged about the result this week. He has written that in reference to the FEC’s $250 expenditure limit, “evidence is strong that the market value of Shelmerdine’s rear quarter panel was approximately $0, give or take $249.”
Unless I'm misunderstanding something in the regulation, and this ruling, it seems to me that this could eventually be carried to a point wherein it threatens bloggers that happen to make money in some way for their efforts. As I noted in a previous post here, controlling free speech is very much what some politicians intend.
Welcome to big brother.
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