The Internet supports an abundance and diversity of political speech not possible in other media - much of it spontaneous and independent from campaign committees and the political parties. The result has been an explosion of democratic participation outside the control of the mainstream media or big money interests, particularly through blogging and other social media. In response to the dramatic impact of the Internet on politics, the question has arisen periodically whether bloggers and other online speakers should be subject to federal campaign finance law, which is aimed at decreasing the influence of money on elections. The original campaign finance rules, however, were designed for the centralized, scarce, and expensive nature of traditional media, and were ill-suited to the decentralized, abundant, and inexpensive nature of the Internet. From early on, CDT has urged Congress and the Federal Election Commission to protect online political speech from burdensome regulation. Today, bloggers and other individuals have significant leeway to use the Internet for political speech, but challenged to political speech online will continue. CDT continues to advocate for a minimally regulatory approach that supports free expression and democratic values.