Jason Brodeur desires pay-to-play weblog posts about elected officers reported with the state
Florida might quickly require blogs paid to supply content material about elected officers to register and report that exercise.
Sen. Jason Brodeur, a Lake Mary Republican, filed laws (SB 1316) that may arrange a system the place bloggers protecting the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Cupboard or Legislature should register.
The invoice then requires reporting with the state “if a blogger posts to a weblog about an elected state officer and receives, or will obtain, compensation for that submit.”
Registration is required inside 5 days of any weblog mentioning an elected state official. After that, bloggers should file month-to-month studies that listing what posts point out these officers, together with disclosing any particular person who paid for the posts and the quantity paid.
“If the compensation is for a sequence of weblog posts or for an outlined time period, the blogger should disclose the whole quantity to be acquired upon the primary weblog submit being revealed,” the invoice reads. “Thereafter, the blogger should disclose the date or dates extra compensation is acquired, if any, for the sequence of weblog posts.”
The invoice additionally requires fundamental details about the posts together with the dates revealed and the online tackle for every submit.
The laws additionally permits for the state to cost fines for blogs that fail to file well timed studies. As written, the invoice requires late fines of $25 per day, as much as $2,500, and requires funds inside 25 days until a blogger recordsdata an attraction with the state Ethics Fee.
Brodeur’s invoice makes clear that pay-to-play bloggers must be handled just like lobbyists.
“Every home of the Legislature and the Fee on Ethics shall undertake by rule, for software to bloggers, the identical process by which lobbyists are notified of the failure to well timed file a report and the quantity of the assessed fines,” the invoice reads.
Of word, the laws seems solely to use to posts about elected officers, not candidates. It doesn’t cowl web sites for newspapers and comparable publications.
“Paid bloggers are lobbyists who write as an alternative of speak. They each are skilled electioneers. If lobbyists should register and report, why shouldn’t paid bloggers?” Brodeur mentioned of his invoice.
Brodeur notably has been the topic of frequent criticism within the media in recent times, a lot of it surrounding the presence of a “ghost candidate” when he first ran for Florida Senate in 2020. He gained that election with simply 50.3% of the vote, besting Democrat Patricia Sigman whereas a no-party-affiliation candidate siphoned off 1000’s of votes.
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