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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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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]