McPain/Swinegold: Wasn't that supposed to be about spending by groups?
It’s going to be a battle, and if nobody in Congress is willing to stand up and say, “Keep your hands off of this, and we’ll change the statute to make it clear,” then I think grassroots Internet activity is in danger. The impact would affect e-mail lists, especially if there’s any sense that they’re done in coordination with the campaign. If I forward something from the campaign to my personal list of several hundred people, which is a great grassroots activity, that’s what we’re talking about having to look at.
Senators McCain and Feingold have argued that we have to regulate the Internet, that we have to regulate e-mail. They sued us in court over this and they won.
Well, it’s fairly likely that the number of people in Congress “standing up” and saying that you can’t regulate speech by individuals online will be comparable to the number of supporters of Tom Paine in Parliament. We recall who won there.