Summary of S 1747
Internet Freedom Protection Act
(exempting some personal web sites from FEC regulation)

This page was last updated on November 16, 1999.

Sponsor. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT). Original cosponsors. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-TN).

See Also: Tech Law Journal Summary of Proceeding Before the FEC Regarding Campaign Activity and the Internet.

Summary. S 1747 IS would amend Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to exempt certain individuals' political web sites from Federal Election Commission regulation.

More specifically, the bill would exempt "any communication or dissemination of material through the Internet (including electronic mail, chat rooms, and message boards) by any individual," provided it is not a paid advertisement, is not paid for, and does not solicit funds for a candidate or political committee. Also, it must be an "opinion of such individual (including an endorsement) regarding a political issue or candidate".

Status. This bill was introduced on October 19, 1999. No action has been taken.

Legislative History with Links to Related Materials.