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First Amendment Rights are always at risk. In particular when things are not going well for the government. Early in the year there was a close United States Senate vote to criminalize your First Amendment Rights if you are a blogger. This went widely unreported by the mainstream media. Below is a quoted excerpt I read at Robin Good's website. The bill was eventually and narrowly voted down.
"Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists.
Section 220, of the 'Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007’ would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever.
For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself.
A week ago, on January 9th 2007, the Senate passed Amendment 7 to S. 1, to create criminal penalties, including civil fines of up to $100,000 and up to one year in jail, if someone 'knowingly and willingly fails to file or report."And it's not over. I had a brain rattle today when I read this is happening again. See Carol's "My View of It" post about a First Amendment case involving a blogger in Kentucky.