November 15, 2002

SECRET BLOGS?

SECRET BLOGS?: Mickey Kaus, reflecting on the subtle distinction between communications between candidates and interest groups, and the campaign-finance-law distinctions over public vs. private, floats this idea (via "alert kf reader B.B."):

What if Coleman had just had a blog, where he routinely hinted at the kinds of new ads, media buys and other free speech activities he hoped other concerned citizens might undertake against Mondale? ... And what if the URL for this "public" blog wasn't all that widely known?
(Ellipses in original) Give me a break. How could a blog for any candidate-- at least for an office major enough to attract soft money-- not attract attention from other blogs? Someone would google the candidate's name (or the state or whatever), realize that there's a blog, point it out to Instapundit, and then any privacy-loophole would be gone.

This isn't to say that a blog wouldn't be useful for a candidate. In addition to communicating to soft-money interests what message he wants to get out, a blog could be a rallying point for campaign workers and a way of creating buzz without relying on journalists. But without password protection (which I'm pretty sure would qualify as private communication) or some search-engine-foiling trickery (which would be pretty iffy, legally speaking) web pages that deal with things people are interested in will be found. On the Internet, anyone can hear you whisper.

Posted by John Tabin at November 15, 2002 09:05 AM
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