indexOne member of the Federal Election Commission is warning Americans that the Obama administration is eyeing new government controls on websites that discuss politics.

FCC member Ajit Pai told the Right Online Conference that the agency, along with the Federal Election Commission, will issue regulations banning websites that discuss political issues without first registering with the government.

“It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that,’” Pai warns.

We’ve already seen a similar scheme, when Obama officials in the IRS tried to shut down Tea Party groups during the 2012 election.

That would dovetail perfectly with efforts by other tentacles of the Obama administration to restrict free speech and expression since the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United v. FEC ruling striking down government prohibitions on books discussing political candidates.

In that case the Obama administration openly argued the government should have the power to ban and confiscate books that criticize public officials.

That argument, made by then-Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart, stunned the Court. “That’s pretty incredible,” said Justice Samuel Alito. “You think that if a book was published, a campaign biography that was the functional equivalent of express advocacy, that could be banned?”

Stewart replied by stating if a publisher were to distribute any book that supports any political candidate two months before an election, the government could “prohibit the publication of the book using the corporate treasury funds.”

Now Pai warns the government, stopped from banning books by the Supreme Court, is now looking to use regulations to shut down websites that criticize Obama policies.

Any FEC or FCC regulations requiring Americans to register with the government before discussing politics would likely use existing gun owner registration laws as legal justification.

The government would argue that since gun registration has been upheld in the past as not in violation of the Second Amendment, website registration to discuss politics is also allowed.

The Obama administration could also point to existing FEC regulations requiring Americans to register with the government for permission to spend their own money advocating for political candidates.

Pai, a Republican member of the FCC, told a Right Online conference panel he and his children have received death threats from leftists angry over his opposition to Obama’s increased crackdown on dissent.

“I can tell you it has not been an easy couple of months personally. My address has been publicly released. My wife’s name, my kids’ names, my kids’ birthdays, my phone number, all kinds of threats [have come] online,” said Pai.

With almost two years left in the Obama presidency, watch for the administration to unleash a tidal wave of unchecked federal regulations meant to harass, intimidate, silence and even jail Americans who criticize public officials.