US government wants bloggers to register

Silent majority must become known

The Inquirer | January 18, 2007
By Nick Farrell

THE US GOVERNMENT is planning to force bloggers who criticise Congress and organise grassroot causes to register themselves or face jail time.
According to, under Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, bloggers who have more than 500 readers will have to register and report quarterly to Congress just like lobbiests or go to jail. chairman Richard Viguerie said the new law would create the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. 

The amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter and is currently on hold as it seems to have got bogged down in the legislative process. It would be interesting to find a bog that is read by more than 500 people.