AirTalk for August 27, 2013

Political bloggers might need to disclose financial ties

Governor Jerry Brown's dog, Sutter Brown, has a Twitter account with over 5,000 followers. Who's the real handler and are there political motives?

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is calling for blogger transparency. The FPPC is considering regulations that would disclose the political backings of bloggers and internet commentators. Political campaigns would have to file a report with the name of each person receiving payment and the websites in which their services appear. Then, when reading political opinions online, the public will be able to distinguish between paid and unpaid content.

Did you know some bloggers are supported by political campaigns? Would disclosing their financial ties influence your reading of their opinions? Is the FPPC overreaching by trying to regulate online content?    

Guests:

Ann Ravel, Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission

Steve Maviglio, co-publisher of the California Majority Report, a Democratic blog. And principal at Forza Communications


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