Hearn says the question of whether to exempt bloggers from campaign finance law is complex:
Without a press exemption, some bloggers might be buried by lawsuits. But what happens if millions of bloggers are suddenly given news media status?
Some say corporations and trade unions will sidestep election law by using the unregulated blogosphere to spend unlimited money on political messages.
Responding to Hearn's piece, Ash Roughani posts this comment:
It seems to me that this issue is being overcomplicated. It can be simplified through the use of analogy. If I write political commentary in my blog, it is no different than if I went out in public and started talking to people about my political positions. This is where blogs should be exempted.
However, the second I get paid by a party, candidate, or committee; this is no longer my personal express advocacy, but rather coordinated activity. I think that anyone who believes in the merits of campaign finance reform would agree that these cases ought to be regulated.