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2016 Online Ad Spending in Perspective

2016 Online Ad Spending in Perspective

The use of online advertisements by Russia to meddle in the 2016 campaign has featured heavily in the news. Those in favor of more regulation would have you believe that the problem is great enough to necessitate government intervention. Check out this infographic to see just how expansive these ads were.

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2016 Election Spending vs. Consumer Spending

2016 Election Spending vs. Consumer Spending

A common refrain from proponents of greater speech regulation is that Americans spend “too much money on politics.” In the 2016 election cycle, “too much money” amounted to $6.4 billion. That may sound like a lot, but when compared to consumer spending on a variety of frivolous or non-essential goods, the amount Americans spend speaking about candidates and elections pales significantly in comparison. Check out the Institute for Free Speech’s newest infographic.

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Does Money Buy Elections? According to Alabama, Evidently Not.

Does Money Buy Elections? According to Alabama, Evidently Not.

Proponents of greater speech regulation often argue that candidates and groups who spend more money on elections have an unfair advantage, and, therefore, that we need more limits on political spending. But can money really buy an election? Check out the Institute for Free Speech’s newest infographic on the 2017 Alabama special primary and runoff […]

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Amicus Brief: Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project

Amicus Brief: Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project

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Amicus Brief: Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al. v. Joe Mansky, et al.

Amicus Brief: Minnesota Voters Alliance, et al. v. Joe Mansky, et al.

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Brookings Panel Offers an (Incomplete) Historical Background on the Relationship Between Corporations and Democracy

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Scott Blackburn column: Wave election possible because of Virginia’s campaign finance laws (In the News)

Broomfield, Colorado’s Ballot Question Reminds Us There is Room for Individuals and Groups in Elections

Center for Public Integrity: The players who have shaped campaign finance over the decades (In the News)

Center for Public Integrity: Kochs key among small group quietly funding legal assault on campaign finance regulation (In the News)

Washington Post: Danica Roem’s win proves it: We don’t need to restrict campaign contributions (In the News)

Republican National Lawyers Association: Supreme Court Grants Cert re Minnesota’s Ban on Political Apparel at the Polls (In the News)

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Money in politics apparently isn’t so bad when Democrats win (In the News)

Comments to FEC on Potential Rulemaking on Internet Communications Disclaimers

Checking in on Seattle’s “Democracy Vouchers” Experiment

Americans for Prosperity: Prosperity Podcast #80: Honest Ads Act is a Threat to Free Speech (In the News)

The Key to Fighting Foreign “Fake News” is More Speech, Not Less

2016 Online Ad Spending in Perspective

Targeted Advertising is Neither a Problem Nor New

Daily Journal: Honest Ads Act: Honestly Overbroad? (In the News)

Why Contribution Limits Pose a Threat to Free Speech

Wall Street Journal: A ‘Teachable Moment’ on Free Speech (In the News)

Citizens United v. FEC: Facts and Falsehoods

People’s Pundit Daily: Analysis: “Honest Ads Act” Is Dishonest; It Targets Americans, Not Foreign Influence (In the News)

Morning Consult: FEC Commissioner Says Agency Limited in Ability to Regulate Online Political Ads (In the News)

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