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Daily Media Links 5/18: When Social Media Debunk Conspiracy Theories, Women have won nearly half of the House Democratic primaries so far, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Maryland lawmakers voted to criminalize online speech in the name of security By Eric Wang More than a thousand students gathered at the Maryland state capitol in March as part of the national “March for Our Lives” demonstrations against school shootings. Presumably, these students used the Internet, social media, or mobile […]

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Daily Media Links 5/17: ACLU says judge’s order stopping ‘dark money’ ads is unconstitutional, Senators Grill Whistleblower on Cambridge Analytica’s Inner Workings, and more…

In the News Wiley Rein Election Law News: New Study Ranks States’ Campaign Contribution Laws By Caleb P. Burns and Eric Wang Based on how campaign finance laws are often portrayed in the news media, the conventional wisdom holds that the campaign finance system is in need of perpetual “reform.” Such reforms typically entail a […]

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Daily Media Links 5/16: Beware the DNC’s lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Suit filed to block plan to restrict power of Clean Elections, and more…

In the News American Thinker: Is Your State Restricting Your Ability to Support Candidates? By Luke Wachob A new report by the Institute for Free Speech grades the states on political giving freedom and offers the clearest picture to date of how states limit contributions to candidates, political parties, and political action committees. These limits […]

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Daily Media Links 5/15: Arkansas Supreme Court justice files suit to block TV ads, says election attacks false, Court upholds convictions of 2012 Ron Paul campaign staffers, and more…

In the News Center for Public Integrity: Politicos beware: Court ruling could prompt more transparent campaign spending By Carrie Levine The decision Friday involved three staffers from the 2012 presidential campaign of Ron Paul, R-Texas. The Paul staff members – Jesse Benton, John Tate and Demetrios Kesari – were convicted in 2016 of charges connected to […]

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Daily Media Links 5/14: A Mayor Tries to Zone Out Free Speech, History shows that outside money in San Diego races doesn’t necessarily bring success, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Did a D.C. Federal Court Fail the “Major Purpose Test”? By Mike Columbo A recent opinion by Judge Christopher R. Cooper of the federal District Court in Washington, D.C. poses new risks for advocacy groups and their supporters. The ruling erodes a constitutional limitation on the power of the […]

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Daily Media Links 5/11: Man Protests Police Department’s Violation of Speech Rights, So Cops Arrest Him, Donors behind political cash cannot be concealed, ethics watchdog says, and more…

In the News Reason: From Washington to Wisconsin, States Are Punishing Dissent By Alex Cordell Just over a year ago, after the Trump administration gave the green light to move forward with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an activist group called Red Line Salish Sea staged a peaceful protest in Bellingham, Washington… The county […]

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Daily Media Links 5/10: FEC Rules Candidates Can Use Campaign Cash for Child Care, Women break records for political giving before midterm elections, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: The Unresolved IRS Scandal By Bradley A. Smith May 10 marks the fifth anniversary of the revelation that President Obama’s IRS targeted conservative groups for more than two years prior to the 2012 presidential election. While some of the faces at the IRS have changed, the law that enabled […]

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Daily Media Links 5/9: Abandoned? The Liberal Flight from the First Amendment, Regulation Won’t Help Internet Free Speech, and more…

In the News Capital Research Center: Dark Money Ascendant: Atlantic Philanthropies By Matthew Vadum The Institute for Free Speech (formerly the Center for Competitive Politics) found last year that dark money funding fell to just 2.9 percent of all campaign spending during the 2016 election cycle. Moreover, dark money from nonprofit groups has never exceeded […]

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Daily Media Links 5/8: John McCain’s warning about dark money is real. Stop campaign finance corruption., Lawmakers must act on campaign ads, and more…

Holmes v. FEC Amicus Curiae Brief of the Institute for Justice in Support of Holmes This case provides an important opportunity for this Court to clarify the role that social-science evidence should play in campaign-finance jurisprudence. As discussed in Section I, although this Court has previously held that speculation and conjecture are never enough to […]

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Daily Media Links 5/7: Google Will Ask Buyers of U.S. Election Ads to Prove Identities, Idaho election heads asked to investigate ‘newspaper’ mailed to voters, and more…

Holmes v. FEC Petition for Writ of Certiorari This petition asks the Court to provide a definitive ruling on the standard to be used in evaluating claims of unconstitutionality where political campaign contributions are concerned. As things stand now, it is unclear whether courts should closely scrutinize the government’s choice to impose a particular restriction, […]

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