Understanding Super PACs

You’ve probably heard the term tossed around over the past couple of years, but what exactly is a “super PAC”? These organizations have been given a bad name by their competitors – powerful politicians and media corporations – who previously held a monopoly on political speech. However, the reality is much different than what opponents […]

Filed Under: Blog, Super PACs, Infographic, v. FEC

Oregon H.B. 4076; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy

The Honorable Jennifer Williamson The Honorable Mike McLane The Honorable Dan Rayfield Re:  H.B. 4076; Taxpayer-Financed Campaigns – A Failed and Costly Policy Dear Chair Williamson, Vice-Chair McLane, Vice-Chair Rayfield, and Members of the House Rules Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech (the “Institute”),[1] I respectfully submit the following comments concerning myriad […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Tax Financed Campaigns Comments, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, H.B. 4076, Los Angeles, New York City, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Oregon

Campaign “Pledges” Are Often Self-Serving for Incumbents

Members of Congress don’t get along much these days. Americans are well aware that they live in a time of great partisan division, one of the consequences of which is Congress’s continual inability to function efficiently. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia thinks he has a solution: a pledge that sitting senators not campaign against […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, congress, Incumbency Protection, Joe Manchin, NO PAC Caucus, People's Pledge

Every American’s Ability to Speak About the President is What Really Makes America Great

No president in the history of the United States has ever had a 100% approval rating, and likely no president ever will. The Trump administration, which is in no danger of hitting the 100% mark, has received its fair share of criticism. While there are many who approve of what President Trump has done during […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Donald Trump, Tom Steyer

Amy Klobuchar Knows Exactly What She’s Doing, and It Should Scare You

We have written extensively before about the dangers of the so-called “Honest Ads Act,” a bill introduced late last year by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ). Purported to be legislation intended to stymie Russian efforts to influence our elections, the bill would actually regulate and restrict online internet ads […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amy Klobuchar, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, S. 1989

Washington State Legislators to Nonprofits: Give Us Your Donor List or Shut Up

The Washington State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 5991, also known as the “Washington state DISCLOSE Act.” In short, the purpose of the bill is to broaden the state’s donor disclosure regulatory regime. Under current Washington law, generally, only groups organized specifically for engaging in electoral politics are required to report the names and home […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure State, 49th Legislative District Democrats, Donor Privacy, Enforcement, Nonprofit Advocacy, S.B. 5991, Washington DISCLOSE Act, Washington

Cato Institute Hosts Discussion on Corruption and Virtue in a Republic

Last week, the Cato Institute hosted a book forum on The Republic of Virtue: How We Tried to Ban Corruption, Failed, and What We Can Do About It by F.H. Buckley. Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason University’s Scalia School of Law. The event featured comments by Michael B. Levy, Policy Director at […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Cato Institute, corruption, Donor Privacy, F.H. Buckley, John Samples, Michael B. Levy, The Republic of Virtue

On Trolls, Tweets, and Free Speech

Lately, it seems to have become a sophomoric sport among some who regularly oppose our efforts to protect and expand free speech to try to hijack our resources for their own partisan purposes. A couple of recent examples come from the anonymous tweeter at alt_fec, and from law professor Richard Hasen. Alt_fec demands, “you guys […]

Filed Under: Blog, @alt_fec, Bernie Sanders, ellen weintraub, free speech, John McCain, Republican Party, Rick Hasen, sheldon whitehouse, trolls, Trump Administration, Twitter

Institute for Free Speech to Handle Appeal in Tennessee Sign Case

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech yesterday notified a federal court and Tennessee state officials that it will represent William H. Thomas, Jr. in the state’s appeal of a ruling that Tennessee’s sign rules are unconstitutional. Last March, a federal judge ruled for Thomas, saying Tennessee law violated the First Amendment by creating […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Thomas v. Schroer, Tennessee

Looks Like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Missed the Memo on Doing Wealthy Donors’ Bidding

The idea that politicians are only accountable to those who write the biggest checks has been peddled for years by those trying to justify greater government regulation of political speech. These folks argue that democracy in the U.S. would be better off if the government had more flexibility to do things like restrict campaign contributions, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, #MeToo, Al Franken, Donors, Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Susie Tompkins Buell

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