D.C. Taxpayers Would Have a “Greater Voice” if They Could Choose Whether to Contribute to Local Politicians

On Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted unanimously in favor of a tax-financing program for city campaigns. Dubbed the “Fair Elections Act of 2018,” the bill would provide tax dollars to candidates running for Mayor, City Council, Attorney General, and the State Board of Education if they agree to limit their spending and reach the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, clean elections, David Grosso, District of Columbia, Fair Elections Act, Los Angeles, Muriel Bowser, New York City, California, New York

Arizona State Senator Needs a Dose of Reality on the Negative Side Effects of Banning Marijuana Billboard Messages

Over 20 years ago, Arizona residents legalized the sale of marijuana for medical uses, but just last year, they narrowly vetoed a proposition that would have legalized the substance for recreational use as well. As in many other states around the country, this has been, and remains, a very contentious topic. Understandably, people on both […]

Filed Under: Blog, State Press Releases and Blogs, Advertising, Arizona Legislature, Billboards, David Farnsworth, Marijuana Legalization, Arizona

Brace Yourself for the Tax Ads, You Just Might Learn Something

As the end of the year approaches, legislation that amends portions of the federal tax code is moving quickly through Congress. Unsurprisingly, over the past couple of weeks, this effort has dominated the news cycle. As new amendments are penciled in every day, those in favor, those opposed, and those who fall somewhere in the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Tax Reform

Let’s Talk Turkey: Comparing 2016 Election and Thanksgiving Spending

During the time-honored tradition of contentious political discussions at the Thanksgiving dinner table, one of your relatives may have mentioned the amount of money ($6.4 Billion) spent in the 2016 election cycle, asserting that there is “too much money in politics.” Many advocates for greater government regulation of political speech would say the same. But, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Online Spending, Thanksgiving

There’s Nothing Sweet About Censorship

For many of us, the closest encounter we have ever had with threatening phone calls and messages or cars tailing you on your way home is in a movie theater. For others, however, like Dr. Esperanza Cerón and her colleagues at Educar Consumidores in Bogotá, Colombia, they’ve experienced harassment, intimidation, and censorship first hand. All […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Colombia, Educar Consumidores, Enforcement, False Statement Laws, Harassment, Intimidation, Soda Taxes, Wisconsin

Brookings Panel Offers an (Incomplete) Historical Background on the Relationship Between Corporations and Democracy

On Wednesday morning, the Brookings Institution hosted an event to examine the relationship between corporations and democracy throughout American history. However, the role of nonprofit groups in allowing citizens to speak freely about politics was noticeably absent from the conversation. The discussion drew largely on the various arguments presented in the aptly titled book, Corporations […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Brookings Institution, corporate speech, Corporations and American Democracy, DISCLOSE Act of 2017, Honest Ads Act, Naomi Lamoreaux, Tobin Project

Broomfield, Colorado’s Ballot Question Reminds Us There is Room for Individuals and Groups in Elections

On Election Day last Tuesday, voters in Broomfield, Colorado decisively approved Question 301; a ballot initiative that grants the city greater authority to regulate the oil and gas industry operating within its borders. Question 301 is part of a much larger, ongoing debate over the regulation of drilling for fossil fuels in Broomfield and elsewhere […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Broomfield, fracking, Issue Advocacy, Question 301, Colorado

The Key to Fighting Foreign “Fake News” is More Speech, Not Less

Just over two months have passed since Facebook announced that Russian-linked accounts purchased advertisements covering a wide range of divisive topics during the 2016 presidential election. Since then, Facebook’s position at the forefront of the news cycle has been effectively secured – alongside Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Vladimir Putin. It was not long ago that […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Amy Klobuchar, Dianne Feinstein, Facebook, Google, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, John McCain, Mark Warner, Russia, Twitter

2016 Online Ad Spending in Perspective

In recent weeks, the use of online advertisements by Russia to meddle in the 2016 campaign has featured heavily in news stories. Those in favor of expanding the current regulatory framework would have you believe that the problem is great enough to warrant, even necessitate, government intervention. Check out the Institute for Free Speech’s newest […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Internet Ads, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Russia

Why Contribution Limits Pose a Threat to Free Speech

Aside from voting, one of the most effective ways Americans can generate change in their government is to speak out and educate more of their fellow citizens on current issues and candidates. Donations to campaigns, parties, and political committees are a powerful way to accomplish this goal. Contributions buy billboards, television spots, Facebook ads, pamphlets, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Handouts, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Citizens United v. FEC, McCutcheon v FEC, Randall v. Sorrell, SpeechNow.org v. FEC

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