You probably heard about Michele Bachmann’s “Whites of their eyes” event last week, where she urged reporters to arrive en masse at the US Capitol, to swarm the halls and glare at their congresspersons in the eyes until the blinked. Or voted against health care insurance reform. Or something.
The rally, which consisted of Bachmann and a number of other wingnuts displaying absurd theatrics and civic stupidity was technically called a press conference, and apparently members of congress can do that … they can simply go out to the public space and have even rather elaborate press conferences … without a permit. But the press was not explicitly invited to a press conference and no questions were taken at this event, and it was clearly in every way imaginable a rally.
With no permit.
Bachmann’s official congressional web site was also used to promote and manage the event. That is also a violation, as a rally is a political event. Her political campaign is not supposed to be funded by the taxpayers.