Archives for May 2018

Daily Media Links 5/31: A Civil-Rights Icon Urges Law Grads to Defend Free Speech, Free Speech vs. Transparency: When Should Donor Identities Be Public?, and more…

Free Speech The Atlantic: A Civil-Rights Icon Urges Law Grads to Defend Free Speech By Conor Friedersdorf This month the graduating class at Georgetown Law School marked commencement with a speech by non-voting D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, whose résumé is as impressive as any in the House of Representatives… Here is a transcript of […]

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Daily Media Links 5/30: Internet titans ask for ‘flexibility’ with new election ad regulations, Online Political Ad Bill to Be Law Without Gov’s Signature, and more…

In the News Allentown Morning Call: Pa. among top states that support free speech of campaign donors By Joe Albanese The Institute’s Free Speech Index scores and ranks all 50 states on their laws governing political giving, grading them from A-plus to F. Fortunately, Pennsylvania ranked as one of the top states in the country, […]

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Debunking Three Myths about the “Honest Ads Act”

PDF available here The deceptively-named “Honest Ads Act” is a proposal in Congress that would increase regulations for paid political and issue advertising on the Internet – including communications by organizations engaged in nonpartisan voter education, registration, and get out the vote efforts. In order to run such ads, groups would be forced to comply […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Federal, disclaimers, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Russia

Allentown Morning Call: Pa. among top states that support free speech of campaign donors (In the News)

By Joe Albanese
The Institute’s Free Speech Index scores and ranks all 50 states on their laws governing political giving, grading them from A-plus to F. Fortunately, Pennsylvania ranked as one of the top states in the country, earning an A grade…
Pennsylvania’s high score is particularly notable given the poor performances of its neighbors. Bordering West Virginia and Maryland both receive an F, while Ohio and Delaware each earn a D. New York fares a little better, earning a C grade, but it still restricts most forms of political giving. Taking stock of the entire East Coast, only Virginia does as well as the Keystone State at protecting the freedom to support candidates and causes…
Capping the amount of money that a candidate’s supporters can donate makes it harder for political outsiders to break into a system dominated by entrenched incumbents.
Perhaps that is why recent calls to impose contribution limits in Pennsylvania have come from the governor’s residence. Gov. Tom Wolf has pushed for contribution limits as part of his plan to “reform” Pennsylvania politics. If he gets his way, democracy will become less vibrant in the state and voters will have less speech about candidates to inform their vote.

Filed Under: In the News, Joe Albanese, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 5/29: FEC, Please Don’t Make Social Media Worse Than It Already Is, Maryland to regulate political ads on Facebook after Gov. Hogan lets bill become law, and more…

In the News Bloomberg Government: Kill the Zombies? FEC Mulls What to Do About Undead Campaigns By Ken Doyle The nonprofit Campaign Legal Center filed a rulemaking petition earlier this year proposing strict limits on what people who are no longer running for office can do with excess campaign cash. The FEC announced it will begin in […]

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Bloomberg Government: Kill the Zombies? FEC Mulls What to Do About Undead Campaigns (In the News)

By Ken Doyle
The nonprofit Campaign Legal Center filed a rulemaking petition earlier this year proposing strict limits on what people who are no longer running for office can do with excess campaign cash.
The FEC announced it will begin in July to routinely review campaign committees linked to federal candidates who’ve been out of office for more than one election cycle. If expenditures appear to be for personal use, the FEC said it would follow up with additional questions…
Another nonprofit, the Institute for Free Speech, suggested the FEC use its existing enforcement power to clamp down on questionable spending by dormant campaign committees. “A rulemaking is premature,” said the comment letter from Allen Dickerson, counsel for the Institute.

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes IFS

FEC Should Avoid Overburdening Online Political Ads

Comments filed by IFS urge the Commission to respect free speech online Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech filed comments Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to the agency’s March 26 announcement proposing revisions to disclaimer regulations as applied to public communications over the Internet. The Institute’s comments remind the FEC not to […]

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Daily Media Links 5/25: Protecting Nonprofit Donors, FEC rejects proposal to consider new rules on foreign spending in US elections, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: Protecting Nonprofit Donors By Editorial Board At a Tuesday Senate Appropriations hearing, Montana Republican Steve Daines asked Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter whether the agency is considering the necessity of IRS 990 Schedule B. These are the forms that nonprofits must supply to the IRS listing donors who contribute more than […]

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Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-06 (Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication”)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel 1050 First Street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication” (Notice 2018-06) Dear Chair Hunter, Vice Chair Weintraub, and members of the Federal […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Daily Media Links 5/24: Judge Rules Trump May Not Block Critics on Twitter, Congressional hearing explores freedom of speech crisis on college campuses, and more…

The Courts Wall Street Journal: Judge Rules Trump May Not Block Critics on Twitter By Rebecca Ballhaus Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the Southern District of New York ruled that the president’s blocking of Twitter users from viewing his feed based on their political speech “constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment.” She termed Mr. […]

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