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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

Comments to FEC on Potential Rulemaking on Internet Communications Disclaimers

PDF of letter available here Via Electronic Filing Att’n: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. For the third time in six years, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “Commission”) has requested comments “on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations concerning disclaimers on […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, FEC, federal election commission, Foreign Influence, Internet Speech Regulation

Checking in on Seattle’s “Democracy Vouchers” Experiment

This week featured the first general election in which Seattle residents and candidates were able to use the city’s new taxpayer-financing system for political campaigns. The so-called “democracy vouchers” program levied a new property tax in order to provide every voter in the city with four $25 vouchers that they could in turn give to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, Democracy Vouchers, Seattle, Washington

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

Targeted Advertising is Neither a Problem Nor New

The evolving story about Russian intervention in the 2016 elections has spurred Congress to fixate increasingly on online advertising. Organizations with suspected links to the Russian government ran ads on social media platforms like Facebook, where they spent about $100,000 on such content – a miniscule number compared to both domestic political spending online and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Facebook, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, Targeted Advertising

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

Citizens United v. FEC: Facts and Falsehoods

“If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.” – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310, 349 (2010) The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission struck down a provision of […]

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Analysis: “Honest Ads Act” Targets Americans, not Foreign Actors

Alexandria, VA –  The Institute for Free Speech today released an analysis of the “Honest Ads Act” (S. 1989) that says the bill would impose broad-based regulations on the political speech of Americans and do almost nothing to regulate foreign interference in elections. To read the analysis, click here, or go to: http://www.ifs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-11-01_Legislative-Brief_Federal_S-1989_Honest-Ads-Act.pdf. “Legislation that responds to foreign meddling […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, S. 1989

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