Keep online political discussion free, say Congressmen
It does not appear likely that the FEC will decide to regulate websites as "political organizations," but this poses a potentially dangerous precedent. The problem of course is defining what can be considered a political website. Once the door is opened to regulate large forums such as that wonkette.com and freerepublic.com, smaller sites may well fall under the same restrictions, including satire sites. Virtually all general focus satire sites make political commentary at one point or another, and many satire sites include forums or permit comments on stories. It is not that the FEC or other agencies see websites as posing a particular threat; the problem seems to be that many are still grappling with how to categorize online commentary and websites. Satirists, who may already be more vulnerable to charges of slander and/or copyright infringement than more "serious" sites, will want to keep an eye on how this issue develops.