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Speaking About Federal Elections Online Just Got Much Harder

In the midst of the 2018 primary season, Twitter recently announced a new policy regarding paid political speech on its platform. Twitter follows in the footsteps of both Facebook and Google, who recently unveiled their own policies governing paid political speech on their platforms. These new policies are a direct response to the purchase of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Political Advertising, Social Media, Twitter

IFS Welcomes Senior Policy Analyst Eric Peterson to External Relations Department

The Institute for Free Speech is excited to welcome Eric Peterson to the External Relations team as a Senior Policy Analyst. Prior to joining IFS, Eric was a Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for Prosperity, where he worked on issues ranging from pensions to occupational licensing reform. He graduated from Tulane in 2012 with degrees […]

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Twitter Loses Round One in Lawsuit Challenging User Ban

Yesterday, a California judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges Twitter’s ban of one of its former users, the controversial Jared Taylor. I may write more on the case later, but the transcript of the ruling makes for pretty entertaining reading, as far as these things go. My understanding is the ruling is permanent. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Hurley v. Irish-American Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Group of Boston, Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins, Taylor v. Twitter, Twitter, Unruh Civil Rights Act, Video, California

Giving Meaning to Narrow Tailoring and Burdens of Proof: IJ Scores a Win for Free Speech in Colorado

One of the problems with campaign finance laws is that, no matter how well-intentioned, in practice, the laws have less to do with “cleaning up government” or “ending special interest influence” than they do with squelching political speech. Despite this reality, judges – including those who are highly skeptical of state claims in areas of […]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance enforcement, institute for justice, Paul Sherman, Raymond Moore, Tammy Holland, Colorado

Connecticut Legislators Challenge Censorship of Campaign Ads

Joe Markley and Rob Sampson sue the State Elections Enforcement Commission after being fined for discussing the governor’s policies in mailers Alexandria, VA – For voters, what information about legislative candidates could be more important than knowing their views on the governor’s key policies? Yet the state of Connecticut has fined two General Assembly members simply […]

Filed Under: Blog, markley v SEEC, Newsroom, Press Releases, Political Advertising, Connecticut

Tenth Circuit Ruling Threatens Freedom of Association: Says Government Can Tell Parties How to Choose Their Leaders

Can the government control a private organization’s identity, leaders, and message? In a decision threatening all three of these First Amendment liberties, a divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the state of Utah can control the procedures an organization uses to choose its leaders. In 2013, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Freedom of Association, Political Parties, Utah Republican Party v. Cox, Utah

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

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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation

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

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-05 (Rulemaking Petition Concerning Former Candidates’ Personal Use)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Robert M. Knop Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 1050 First Street NE Washington, DC 20463 RE: Notice 2018-05, Rulemaking Petition Concerning Former Candidates’ Personal Use, REG 2018-01 Dear Mr. Knop: The Institute for Free Speech (“the Institute”)[1] respectfully submits the following comments in response to Notice […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, federal election commission, Personal Use

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