The Arkansas Project: Arkansas Ranks Low in Political Giving Freedom (In the News)

The Arkansas Project: Arkansas Ranks Low in Political Giving Freedom

By Marc Kilmer

If you want to influence public policy, you can do a lot of things – you can write letters, publish op-eds, talk to your friends, or lobby legislators. You can also give money to political campaigns. This political giving is a key part of how Americans speak on political issues. According to a new ranking, Arkansas does pretty poorly in protecting this aspect of political speech.

The Institute for Free Speech just published its first “Free Speech Index – Grading the 50 States on Political Giving Freedom.” …

According to this index, Arkansas ranks 32nd among the 50 states in terms of laws that protect residents’ ability to contribute to political speech…

It’s clear that Arkansas can do better in terms of protecting the ability of its residents to have a voice in the political process. Legislators should take a look at this report, review what is happening in states that have higher grades, then consider what reforms they might make to give Arkansans a little more freedom to give to the political causes they support.

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