In the News: Albany Times-Union: Free-speech limit offers $5 a day penalty

Chris Churchill writes:

In response, some communities have attempted to ban them outright, but courts have scorned such bans. Towns and cities can, however, restrict the duration and location of signs, although such limits remain controversial.

In fact, a resident of Manlius, near Syracuse, has just joined with the Center for Competitive Politics, a Washington free-speech group, to sue the town for requiring permits for political signs, among other restrictions.

But homeowners associations are freer to enact bans, and many have decided to do so, says Ben Donahower, a Pennsylvania-based political consultant who launched a website ( devoted to campaign signs.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.