Daily Media Links 1/5: 9th Circuit rules Idaho’s ‘ag-gag’ law illegally targeted free speech, investigative journalism, States and Cities Took on Secret Election Spending in 2017, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech  A Teachable Moment for @alt_fec The Twitter handle @alt_fec, which claims the mantle of “resistance” to the present administration, has tweeted to request our views on the First Amendment implications of a letter from a private attorney to a private publisher concerning Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump […]

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Daily Media Links 1/4: WV secretary of state to enforce ban on anonymous campaign ads, Is This Justice? Deborah Jordahl And Her Family Lived The Real John Doe, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Brief for Amicus Curiae Institute for Free Speech in Support of Petitioner in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach [T]he Institute for Free Speech respectfully submits that this Court should reject any mode of analysis for First Amendment retaliatory arrest claims that ignores whether protected speech actually was […]

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Daily Media Links 1/3: Regulatory Spotlight Shines on Facebook, Twitter Political Ads, There’s still little evidence that Russia’s 2016 social media efforts did much of anything, and more…

In the News Washington Post: D.C.’s Fair Elections Act would give more power to the powerful By David Keating and Thomas Wheatley The so-called Fair Elections Act of 2017, a measure that would provide a five-to-one tax financing match to small-dollar donations to D.C. candidates, cleared committee this month. The sponsor markets the proposal as “giving […]

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Daily Media Links 12/22: US Supreme Court Arguments Set in Riviera Beach First Amendment Case, First Batch of Inauguration Day Protesters Acquitted In Key First Amendment Case, and more…

Supreme Court Daily Business Review: US Supreme Court Arguments Set in Riviera Beach First Amendment Case The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in a First Amendment case stemming from the arrest of a frequent government critic as he spoke during a city council meeting. The Supreme Court this week issued an oral-argument […]

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Daily Media Links 12/21: Lawsuit prompts FEC to withhold information on super PAC donation ‘scheme,’ Death threats are forcing professors off campus, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Brookings Report Examines How Parties Have Weakened in Relation to Independent Groups By Joe Albanese Earlier this month, Jonathan Rauch – a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution – and Raymond J. La Raja – an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of […]

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Daily Media Links 12/20: New hope, new problem: Will Federal Election Commission shut down?, Oklahoma Secretary Of State ‘Doxxes’ O’Keefe Donors, and more…

FEC Center for Public Integrity: New hope, new problem: Will Federal Election Commission shut down? By Dave Levinthal The six-member commission, which regulates and enforces the nation’s campaign finance laws, could face a de facto shutdown just as 2018 congressional midterm elections heat up. Absent speedy intervention by President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate, […]

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Daily Media Links 12/19: The State Government Agency That Spied on Citizens, Surge in out-of-state donors fuels Dems in special elections, and more… 

New from the Institute for Free Speech Arizona State Senator Needs a Dose of Reality on the Negative Side Effects of Banning Marijuana Billboard Messages By Alex Cordell State Senator David Farnsworth recently introduced legislation (S.B. 1032) that would ban advertisements on billboards along state roads for any drug that is illegal under federal law, […]

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Daily Media Links 12/18: Donor Privacy and First Amendment Freedoms, First Amendment is at a crossroads in Supreme Court, and more…

In the News LifeZette: Did Lisa Bloom Break Campaign Finance Laws by Arranging Pay for Trump Accusers? By Kathryn Blackhurst Former FEC Chairman Brad Smith pointed to specific requirements of what campaign regulation refers to as “express advocacy” as likely not met by the Bloom effort. “An independent expenditure has to include express advocacy, per […]

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Daily Media Links 12/15: Federal regulators approve narrow Facebook ad disclosure, In small win for Democrats, the final tax bill will not include a provision allowing churches to endorse political candidates, and more…

In the News The Steve Gruber Show: Zac Morgan: No “reasonable expectation of privacy” from your phone’s location data Zac Morgan, is a staff attorney at the Institute for Free Speech and an Opinion contributor to USA Today. The government says you have no “reasonable expectation of privacy” from your phone’s location data. And the […]

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Daily Media Links 12/14: Governmental accountability board? More like Wisconsin’s Secret Police, Public Financing Of Political Campaigns Moves Forward In D.C. Council, and more… 

In the News Cato: Staring at the Sun: An Inquiry into Compulsory Campaign Finance Donor Disclosure Laws By Eric Wang Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, proponents of stricter campaign finance regulation have increasingly prescribed “disclosure” as an antidote to “dark money” in politics. Advocates of more extensive donor […]

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