Crackdown on political blogging

CNET: Bradley Smith, [one of six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission] says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.

In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations
could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link
to a campaign’s Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate’s press
release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished
by fines.

Interesting article about how the FEC is wrangling over the treatment of bloggers and online publications when it comes to political campaigns. The question is: will bloggers get press exemption or will they be liable for their political contributions?