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Campaigns face new social networking disclosure rules next month

John Wagner

Maryland will become one of the first states in the nation next month to regulate how candidates identify themselves on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites.

A legislative review panel signed off Tuesday on rules adopted in June by the State Board of Elections that aim to keep Maryland's disclosure requirements current with the evolving media world.

Under the new rules, for example, Facebook pages sponsored by candidates will have to include "authority lines," making it clear that the campaign is sponsoring the page. The rules also speak to click-through ads on social networking sites and other Web-based advertising.

Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance for the elections board, said the two major gubernatorial campaigns in Maryland are largely complying with the new disclosure rules and that other campaigns should have no problem doing so when they take effect Aug. 3.

"The point of doing it is to bring some clarity," DeMarinis said.

By John Wagner  |  July 20, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Wow, you mean that Adam Pagnucco's "Maryland Politics Watch" will have to identify its association with various campaigns and factions?

This could be revealing...

Posted by: thardman | July 23, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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