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Latest Pew Study On Politics And The Internet

The Pew Internet and American Life Project published another report on the growing influence of the internet in American politics.  According to the study, approximately 54% of all American adults, or 73% of adult internet users, used the internet to … Continue reading

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“By The Numbers: The Twitter Race”

Politico offers this report on the number of followers for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and others.

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“Search Ads Help Parties Capitalize On Protests”

Politico also published this article about the online advertising campaigns by political parties seeking to capitalize on the protests in Wisconsin.

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“Social Media Not So Hot On The Hill”

Politico published this article discussing the social media campaigns by Members of Congress.

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“Blogs Wane As The Youth Drift To Sites Like Twitter”

The New York Times published an interesting article discussing how the rise in social media websites like Twitter and Facebook are changing how people express themselves on-line.  One impact – a decline in the number of blogs.

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FEC Joins Twitter

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) finally established a twitter account @FECUpdates and posted its first tweet.  In addition to the twitter account, the FEC also has a YouTube channel called FECTube.  Let’s hope that the FEC uses these social media outlets … Continue reading

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Campaigns And Cybersquatters

The Hill posted an interesting article about one campaign’s recent purchase of a website address owned by a cybersquatter.  The article also discusses the common campaign practice of purchasing website addresses so that opposing candidates and political parties cannot use … Continue reading

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Internet Continues To Grow As A Source For News And Political Information

In recent weeks, the Pew Research Center has released a couple of studies revealing that growing numbers of Americans are turning to the internet and social media for news and political information. The first study conducted by the Pew Research … Continue reading

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Social Media Scrutinized By Maryland Campaign Finance Regulators

BNA Money and Politics Reports published an article this morning about a report prepared by the Maryland Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance recommending greater authority for the State’s campaign finance authorities to regulate social media.  The press release announcing the report … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Fails Again

The DISCLOSE Act failed for the second time to receive the 60 votes necessary for cloture in the Senate.  Here are some links to articles discussing today’s developments: Politico, Campaign finance bill fails again Washington Post, Senate Democrats again fail to … Continue reading

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President Complains About Independent Political Speech in Weekly Address

The President used his weekly address to complain about the independent expenditures and issue advocacy advertisements criticizing his policies and the Democratic Majorities in Congress.  The ads are sponsored by a number of conservative groups and trade associations.  He focused … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats May Bring DISCLOSE Act Up For Another Vote

The Hill reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act to the floor for another vote.  Apparently, the legislation will contain only the byzantine reporting requirements that are designed to chill independent political speech.

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Republicans Know How To Tweet

Politico reports on a recent study revealing that eight of the ten most followed twitter accounts on Capitol Hill belong to Republican lawmakers.  From the article: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) were listed … Continue reading

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President Calls On Congress To Reconsider The DISCLOSE Act

President Obama used his weekly radio and internet address to call on Congress to reconsider the DISCLOSE Act.  He did not make any new arguments for passage of the legislation and his statements echoed many of the same ones used … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Senate Democrats May Try Again After The August Recess

Hotline On Call reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act back to the Senate floor for another vote after the August recess.  It appears they have decided to use the legislation as a vehicle to score political points.  The Democrats and reformers are lobbying … Continue reading

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