Blogger beware? State regulators are wondering whether online political activism amounts to lobbying, which could force Web-based activists to file public reports detailing their finances.Not bloody likely, methinks. How is most blogging significantly different from, say, writing editorial columns or hosting an opinion-oriented radio show? Or for that matter, from writing a letter to the editor of your local paper? None of that is regulated as lobbying activity. As for campaign fundraising, what I've seen on blogs is generally limited to having a link to a candidate's campaign website donations page.
In a collision of 21st century media and 1970s political reforms, the inquiry hints at a showdown over press freedoms for bloggers, whose self-published journals can shift between news reporting, opinion writing, political organizing and campaign fundraising.
Not gonna happen. That's one idea that's DOA.