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Amicus Brief: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Amicus Brief: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

The Institute has urged the Supreme Court to strike down overbroad speech restrictions at the voting booth in Minnesota. In this case, the Eighth Circuit upheld a law prohibiting a voter from wearing a T-shirt that depicted the Gadsden flag, the historic American emblem depicting a coiled rattlesnake and the words, “don’t tread on me.”

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Amicus Brief: Lozman v. Riviera Beach

Amicus Brief: Lozman v. Riviera Beach

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Let’s Talk Turkey: Comparing 2016 Election and Thanksgiving Spending

Let’s Talk Turkey: Comparing 2016 Election and Thanksgiving Spending

Over Thanksgiving, one of your relatives may have mentioned the amount of money ($6.4 Billion) spent in the 2016 election cycle, asserting that there is “too much money in politics.” Many advocates for greater government regulation of political speech would say the same. But, compared to what Americans spent over 5-days beginning on Thanksgiving, $6.4 Billion over a two-year period doesn’t seem like so much.

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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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Washington Examiner: Remember the IRS targeting scandal? No one ever got punished for it (In the News)

Looks Like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Missed the Memo on Doing Wealthy Donors’ Bidding

Institute for Free Speech Brief: Minnesota’s Ban on Political Apparel at Polling Places Violates the First Amendment

Washington Post: D.C.’s Fair Elections Act would give more power to the already powerful (In the News)

Decrying “Out-of-State” Spending Only Further Divides Americans

D.C. Taxpayers Would Have a “Greater Voice” if They Could Choose Whether to Contribute to Local Politicians

Washington Examiner: New York City and Los Angeles offer cautionary tales for DC’s ‘Fair Elections Act’ (In the News)

Candidate Oprah? Campaign Finance Laws Would Give Her a Leg Up

A Teachable Moment for @alt_fec

Three Campaign Finance Media Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

Washington Post: D.C.’s Fair Elections Act would give more power to the powerful (In the News)

Washington Examiner: More campaign finance regulation means less political free speech (In the News)

New York Post: An Orwellian tale of ‘campaign finance reform’ (In the News)

Brookings Report Examines How Parties Have Weakened in Relation to Independent Groups

Arizona State Senator Needs a Dose of Reality on the Negative Side Effects of Banning Marijuana Billboard Messages

LifeZette: Did Lisa Bloom Break Campaign Finance Laws by Arranging Pay for Trump Accusers? (In the News)

Cato: Staring at the Sun: An Inquiry into Compulsory Campaign Finance Donor Disclosure Laws (In the News)

Censorship and Privacy: Lessons from Alabama

Out-of-State Spending Was a Tool for Local Change in Alabama

Observer: Federal Case Could Upend New Jersey’s Campaign Finance Law (In the News)

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