Daily Media Links 1/12: Trump Says Congress Won’t Change Libel Laws, But That’s A Decision For The States, Free speech trumps fake news, and more…

Free Speech Detroit News: Free speech trumps fake news By Ingrid Jacques I’m a journalist. So all this derogatory talk about the media and fake news is annoying. But what I find alarming is the growing demand to “do something” about false or misleading news. Such calls should make anyone who cares about free speech […]

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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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Daily Media Links 1/11: Trump Says Administration Will Take ‘Strong Look’ at Libel Laws, FEC’s New Facebook Ruling Requires Ad Sharing Info Yet Gives Reformers Little to Like, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech D.C. Taxpayers Would Have a “Greater Voice” if They Could Choose Whether to Contribute to Local Politicians By Alex Cordell The sponsor of the Fair Elections Act, David Grosso, boasted that it would give the people of D.C. a “greater voice” in government. But it seems odd to […]

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

We live in politically polarized times – that’s about the one thing most Americans can agree on. A more contentious question is what – or who – is causing that polarization. A common view is that Americans themselves have become more polarized, but Stanford political scientist Morris Fiorina sees it another way: he argues in […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Geographic Sorting, Morris Fiorina, Out-of-State Donors, Out-of-State Spending, Polarization, Political Parties

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

On Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted unanimously in favor of a tax-financing program for city campaigns. Dubbed the “Fair Elections Act of 2018,” the bill would provide tax dollars to candidates running for Mayor, City Council, Attorney General, and the State Board of Education if they agree to limit their spending and reach the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, clean elections, David Grosso, District of Columbia, Fair Elections Act, Los Angeles, Muriel Bowser, New York City, California, New York

Daily Media Links 1/10: Democrats search for Russians – any Russians – for collusion story, D.C. Council unanimously votes to create public campaign finance program, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: New York City and Los Angeles offer cautionary tales for DC’s ‘Fair Elections Act’ By Luke Wachob Taking cues from New York City and Los Angeles, also beset by government corruption, a D.C. Council committee has unanimously approved a bill that would inject taxpayer money directly into partisan politics. At […]

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

By Luke Wachob
Taking cues from New York City and Los Angeles, also beset by government corruption, a D.C. Council committee has unanimously approved a bill that would inject taxpayer money directly into partisan politics. At a rate of 5:1, taxpayers will be on the hook to “match” (government-speak for quintuple) contributions to politicians, no matter how loathsome they find the candidate…
The organization I work for, the Institute for Free Speech, has conducted numerous studies of the effects of these programs in cities and states across the nation. Repeatedly, we find that they are dogged by corruption and fail to achieve their goals. Adding to our skepticism is the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office, which found that tax-financing programs in Arizona and Maine failed to encourage new candidates or aid challengers running against incumbents…
Once tax financing programs are in place, they are very hard to remove. When benefits fail to materialize, supporters simply demand more money. In fact, both New York City and Los Angeles initially matched contributions at a rate of 1:1. Today, that ratio has escalated to 6:1 in New York and 4:1 in L.A. general elections.

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Daily Media Links 1/9: Ahead Of Key Vote, Bowser Comes Out Against Public Financing Of Political Campaigns In D.C., Fake News, Real Censorship, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Candidate Oprah? Campaign Finance Laws Would Give Her a Leg Up By Luke Wachob Imagine a new candidate just starting her campaign for federal office. She needs money to pay for staff, transportation, lodging, and promotional materials, such as yard signs and bumper stickers. If she’s like most […]

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

Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes this Sunday sparked speculation over whether the billionaire celebrity might run for president in 2020. Some are intrigued by the possibility of a candidate who could stand on equal footing with President Donald Trump in terms of fame and TV-readiness, while others were dismayed over the prospect of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Campaign Finance Regulation, Celebrity, Donald Trump, Earned Media, Oprah

Daily Media Links 1/8: Book Banning Bunkum, Scholars Get The Real Scoop on ‘Fake News,’ and more…  

Free Speech Wall Street Journal: Book Banning Bunkum By Editorial Board “Libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were strong it would be very helpful,” Mr. Trump said on Saturday at a press event, joining the queue of politicians who wish they could sue journalists. In February 2016 as a candidate, Mr. […]

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