In the News Billboard Insider: Challenge to Tennessee’s Billboard Law By Dave Westburg The Institute for Free Speech, a non-profit advocacy group, will represent the plaintiff challenging Tennessee’s billboard law on constitutional grounds… Sign owner William H. Thomas sued Tennessee’s billboard-control act, prompting a federal judge in Memphis to invalidate the state’s billboard law on First […]
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No president in the history of the United States has ever had a 100% approval rating, and likely no president ever will. The Trump administration, which is in no danger of hitting the 100% mark, has received its fair share of criticism. While there are many who approve of what President Trump has done during […]
We have written extensively before about the dangers of the so-called “Honest Ads Act,” a bill introduced late last year by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ). Purported to be legislation intended to stymie Russian efforts to influence our elections, the bill would actually regulate and restrict online internet ads […]
The Washington State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 5991, also known as the “Washington state DISCLOSE Act.” In short, the purpose of the bill is to broaden the state’s donor disclosure regulatory regime. Under current Washington law, generally, only groups organized specifically for engaging in electoral politics are required to report the names and home […]
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By Dave Westburg
The Institute for Free Speech, a non-profit advocacy group, will represent the plaintiff challenging Tennessee’s billboard law on constitutional grounds…
Sign owner William H. Thomas sued Tennessee’s billboard-control act, prompting a federal judge in Memphis to invalidate the state’s billboard law on First Amendment grounds. The case is Thomas v. Schroer. Defendant John Schroer is commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Transportation and also president of AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials).
In October, the State of Tennessee appealed to the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; its brief will be filed soon. The State argues that its regulation of billboards does not violate free speech…
On January 26, the Institute for Free Speech issued a press release saying it is representing plaintiff Thomas on appeal. The Institute was not involved in the case previously.
“A law that permits a sign that says ‘Fireworks for sale here,’ but prohibits an identical sign that reads ‘Support our troops,’ imposes a content-based restriction on speech,” said Institute [Legal] Director Allen Dickerson.
Washington Times: Eight years after Obama’s unusual State of the Union attack, Citizens United endures (In the News)
By James Varney
None of the analysts interviewed by The Washington Times believes Citizens United is in any near-term jeopardy. The 2016 election of Donald Trump and his appointment of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has probably cemented the decision…
That opinion is shared by most analysts, including Bradley Smith, a legal scholar and the chairman and founder of the Institute for Free Speech.
His group was involved with SpeechNow v. FEC, a case that came before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in an en banc hearing right on the heels of Citizens United…
Among outside spending in federal elections, the “dark money” whose sources aren’t fully disclosed accounts for a good chunk, but when that is put into the total spending column it amounts to less than 4 percent, Mr. Smith said…
“There’s been some amount of ‘dark money’ around always, and it can be a pejorative term,” Mr. Smith said. He pointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest players. “Sure, voters may not know every group that contributes to the Chamber of Commerce, but it’s not like, ‘Oh, the Chamber of Commerce! What’s their agenda?’ Voters have a pretty good idea what it is about.
“I think they’ve been good for the system overall,” Mr. Smith concluded of the Citizens United and other rulings. “None of the catastrophe situations opponents wailed would come about have come about, and there have been a lot of competitive races.”
Last week, the Cato Institute hosted a book forum on The Republic of Virtue: How We Tried to Ban Corruption, Failed, and What We Can Do About It by F.H. Buckley. Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law. The event featured comments by Michael B. Levy, Policy Director at […]
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