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Federal Judge Strikes Down FEC Regulation

Case against former Utah Attorney General dismissed Alexandria, VA – A federal judge today struck down a Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulation expanding liability for contributions made through straw donors. U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson ruled that the FEC “exceed[ed] its authority to write regulations and improperly intrud[ed] into the realm of law making […]

Filed Under: Blog, fec v. swallow, Newsroom, Press Releases, Utah

Free Speech Doesn’t “Drown Out” Other Voices

This week, Katrina vanden Heuvel penned an op-ed in The Washington Post alleging that “big and dark money” are “drown[ing] out” the voices of ordinary Americans. The core gripe that motivates vanden Heuvel’s argument is that progressives and Democrats face an uphill battle in the race for campaign funding, despite being favored in generic ballot […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Media Watch, Money in Politics, First Amendment, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Political Spending, The Washington Post

Comments to FEC on Rulemaking 2014-02 (Independent Expenditure Reporting)

PDF of letter available here Via Electronic Filing Robert M. Knop Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 1050 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20463 RE: Regulation 2014-02 The Institute for Free Speech is pleased that the Federal Election Commission has issued this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding independent expenditures by candidates and to allow […]

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, Electioneering Communications, federal election commission, Independent Expenditures

In Case You Missed It! Media Coverage of the Free Speech Index

“Fox & Friends” On Tuesday, Institute for Free Speech President David Keating appeared on “Fox & Friends” to promote IFS’ recently released Free Speech Index. The Free Speech Index ranks all fifty states based on how restrictive their political giving laws are. Keating offered this summary of the goals of the Index: “The big problem […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Newsroom, Press Releases, Fox & Friends, Free Speech Index - Grading the 50 States on Political Giving Freedom, The Wall Street Journal

Free Speech is Free Speech, Regardless of Whether it Advances One’s Societal Goals

Last week, FiveThirtyEight published an article analyzing the First Amendment jurisprudence of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. While the overall thrust of the article – that Roberts is a prolific writer of expansive First Amendment judicial opinions – is correct, its analysis of free speech rights is flawed in other ways. Two paragraphs, in […]

Filed Under: Blog, Chief Justice John Roberts, First Amendment, FiveThirtyEight

New Free Speech Index Measures Limits on Political Giving

Report by Institute for Free Speech gives eleven states ‘A’ grades in first-of-its-kind survey on freedom to support candidates, parties, and PACs Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) today published its first ever Free Speech Index, grading states on their contribution limit laws for candidates, political parties, and political action committees. Contributing to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Newsroom, Press Releases, Free Speech Index - Grading the 50 States on Political Giving Freedom

SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission: Protecting the First Amendment Rights of Americans

PDF available here  “[T]he government can have no anti-corruption interest in limiting contributions to independent expenditure-only organizations.” – SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission[1] If one person can speak about a candidate without limit, can Congress ban two, three, or hundreds of people from joining together to do the same? That was the simple question presented […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Money in Politics, Research, Super PACs, Buckley v. Valeo, SpeechNow.org v. FEC, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation

Campaign Finance Institute Report on 2016 Election Spending Shows that Money Isn’t Everything

In politics, it’s easy for narratives to take hold before the facts have a chance to catch up. Political speech issues are no different. In the heat of a campaign, developments in political spending are often reported as if they are the most important factors in determining electoral outcomes, but does this hold true when […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, 2016 Election Cycle, Brendan Glavin, Campaign Finance Institute, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Michael J. Malbin, Political Spending

A Sunshine Week Reminder: Transparency is for Government; Privacy is for People

By now, you may be aware that it’s Sunshine Week, “the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information” organized by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. According to its website, ASNE “launched Sunshine Week in 2005 as a national initiative to promote a dialogue […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Donor Privacy, Sunshine Week

Institute for Free Speech Statement on FEC Vote to Proceed with Internet Ad Rulemaking

Preserving online speech freedom should be a priority for regulators Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech President David Keating released the following statement today regarding the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning disclaimer mandates for online advertisements: “The FEC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a good start, and we commend the commissioners for […]

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

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