Congressional franking rules and twitter: what’s the right balance?

tlogoThe Hill reports on another effort to update Congressional rules to accommodate Twitter.

Ken Gross, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP who runs its political law practice, cautioned that a revision of the rules should strike a middle ground, maintaining provisions that keep content civil and respectful.

“The traditional franking rules should be retooled to fit the advent of these new social networking devices,” he said. “The rules shouldn’t be as restrictive or wooden as some of the franking guidelines are currently.”

But Gross said new rules should not allow lawmakers to post all personal or campaign content on official Twitter accounts. Strand agreed with his sentiment.

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