Juneau Empire: Alaska among three worst states in nation in free speech index (In the News)

Juneau Empire: Alaska among three worst states in nation in free speech index

By Luke Wachob and Alex Baiocco

In a new Free Speech Index on political giving, Alaska, along with 10 other states, receives an ‘F’ grade.

In fact, Alaska’s contribution limits are so low that they are currently being challenged in federal court as an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech and association. Individuals in Alaska are prohibited from giving more than $500 per election cycle to candidates, and the state imposes the same low limit on individual contributions to political committees. And whereas a majority of states place no limit on individual giving to parties, Alaska limits both the amount individuals can give to parties and the amount of support parties can provide to a candidate. On top of all this, Alaska’s limits aren’t adjusted for inflation, meaning a citizen’s ability to support candidates will continually decline.

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