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A Government That Can Ban Ads on Public Transportation Can Restrict Other Forms of Speech Too

Can a subway system ban advertisements that convey a controversial political opinion? What about an ad that asks riders to “embrace humanity and inclusion”? That may seem like a strange combination of scenarios, since we often associate politics with divisiveness, but not so much with “humanity and inclusion.” Yet, this comparison is necessitated by the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issue Advocacy, Metro, Washington D.C., WMATA

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho S. 1337 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Jeff C. Siddoway The Honorable Marv Hagedorn RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with S. 1337 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations) Dear Chair Siddoway, Vice Chair Hagedorn, and Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech[1] (“the Institute”), we respectfully submit […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Electioneering Communications, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Social Media, Idaho

The Price of Corporate Speech Rights: Sometimes They’ll Say Things You Dislike

A wave of businesses distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association is increasing skepticism of corporate political power among conservatives. A recent article in The Federalist argues that corporate political activism goes against “the true spirit of a republic” and amounts to “rule by an unelected elite.” These views overstate the power of corporate executives […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, corporate speech, First Amendment

Understanding the Differences Between Political and Issue Advocacy

PDF available here The First Amendment protects speech from burdensome government regulation. Until the 1970s, federal law largely did not regulate either campaign speech or issue speech by advocacy groups. That changed with the adoption of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The Act attempted to regulate any speech “relative to a clearly identified candidate.” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issue Advocacy, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Buckley v. Valeo, Electioneering Communications, Express Advocacy, Issue Advocacy, U.S. Supreme Court, Disclosure, Issue Advocacy, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Disclosure, Issue Advocacy, Jurisprudence & Litigation

Florida Couple Takes First Amendment Challenge to Supreme Court

Timing of federal contribution limits restricts speech and favors some candidates over others, says Institute for Free Speech Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech today announced it has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling in Holmes v. Federal Election Commission by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Holmes v. FEC, Press Releases, U.S. Supreme Court

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Thomas F. Loertscher The Honorable Jason A. Monks RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations) Dear Chair Loertscher, Vice Chair Monks, and Members of the House State Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech[1] (“the Institute”) and Attorney […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, Electioneering Communications, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Social Media, Idaho

Letter in Support of H.R. 4916 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of letter available here The Honorable Kevin Brady The Honorable Richard Neal Dear Chairman Brady, Ranking Member Neal, and Members of the House Ways and Means Committee: The Institute for Free Speech[1] writes in support of H.R. 4916, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act.” The measure, sponsored by Representative Peter Roskam […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Form 990, H.R. 4916, Peter Roskam, Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, Schedule B

SCOTUS Brief in Brief: Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

On February 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. In 2010, Minnesota prohibited a voter from wearing a T-shirt that depicted the Gadsden flag while voting, restricting his First Amendment right to express his political beliefs. Can Minnesota enforce a voter dress code? Or will […]

Filed Under: Blog, Infographic, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, SCOTUS, U.S. Supreme Court, Minnesota

Can the Clinton Campaign Be Indicted?

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians for various violations of U.S. law pertaining to elections is drawing a lot of quick and often uninformed comment about campaign finance and lobbying laws. Today, let’s start with this piece, which seems to be making the rounds: Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted […]

Filed Under: Blog, Christopher Steele, DNC, FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Influence, Fusion GPS, Hillary Clinton, indictments, Perkins Coie, Robert Mueller, Russians, Trump

Institute for Free Speech Statement on Indictments of 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Election

Foreign nationals have no right to impersonate Americans to interfere in elections Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement today on the indictments of 13 Russian nationals on charges of interfering in the 2016 presidential election: “As an organization dedicated to defending and advancing Americans’ First Amendment political speech rights, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Robert Mueller, Russia

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