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Daily Media Links 11/30: Future of Free Speech at Risk as Supreme Court Hears Critical Digital Privacy Case, N.Y. Times editorial board issues rare call to action to oppose GOP tax bill, and more…

In the News Courthouse News Service: Voters Lose Protest of Campaign-Contribution Ceilings By Daniel W. Staples Upholding contribution ceilings in federal election law, the en banc D.C. Circuit rejected claims Tuesday from Florida voters who wanted to forgo campaign donations in the primary season to double up in the general election. In 2014, the election […]

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Daily Media Links 11/29: To Protect our Democracy, We Need to Protect Anonymous Low-Cost Online Political Speech, If cops can get phone data without a warrant, it could be a nightmare for journalists – and sources, and more…

In the News HuffPost: Giving Corporations More Power Is The Wrong Response To Russian Propaganda By Luke Wachob Thanks to the Supreme Court, the government isn’t able to shut down dissenting views today. But private companies? That’s a totally different story. Private entities are not bound by the First Amendment, so when they join forces […]

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Daily Media Links 11/28: Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech – not just privacy – at risk, Comments with the IRS on Proposed Form 1024-A Actually Show Differences in How the IRS Rules Should Work, and more…

In the News USA Today: Listen up Supreme Court: Warrantless tracking of smartphones violates our rights By Zac Morgan On Nov. 29, the Supreme Court will review whether the government can get this information without a warrant. The case, Carpenter v. United States, will decide if the Fourth Amendment protects your information. But the case […]

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Daily Media Links 11/27: Lois Lerner Doesn’t Trust You, Campaign finance laws changed in new budget, and more…

In the News Deseret News: FEC opposes dismissing civil case against ex Utah A.G. John Swallow By Dennis Romboy Government lawyers have asked a judge not to dismiss the Federal Election Commission complaint against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. The government says in a new court filing that it has a “more-than-plausible” case that […]

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Daily Media Links 11/21: Seek balance on polling place speech, Mobile-Phone Case at U.S. Supreme Court to Test Privacy Protections, and more…

Supreme Court Minneapolis Star Tribune: Seek balance on polling place speech By Editorial Board [T]here is value in examining the language of Minnesota’s law, which is undoubtedly broad and invites subjective decisions as to what constitutes a political message… [I]t is possible for such a vaguely worded law to be interpreted too broadly. Does it […]

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Daily Media Links 11/20: FEC must keep the Internet a place for free minds, free speech, The newspaper ad that changed everything, and more…

Internet Speech Regulation Reuters: Momentum builds in U.S. for disclaimers on internet election ads U.S. regulators on Thursday kicked off a process that could result in mandatory disclaimers on election ads that appear on social media, a reaction to anonymous, Russia-linked ads on sites such as Facebook ahead of the 2016 U.S. elections. The Federal […]

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Daily Media Links 11/17: FEC Pushes Forward on Digital Disclaimers, Protecting free speech rights through tax reform, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Brookings Panel Offers an (Incomplete) Historical Background on the Relationship Between Corporations and Democracy By Alex Cordell The primary theme of this event was the importance of having a thorough, historical background on the relationship between corporations and democracy. As such, the role of nonprofits throughout American history […]

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Daily Media Links 11/16: Private Forums for Political Speech, Democrats, Others Suing Over Arizona Political Spending Law, and more…

In the News Richmond Times-Dispatch: Scott Blackburn column: Wave election possible because of Virginia’s campaign finance laws By Scott Blackburn That wave elections happen is welcome news for democracy. Incumbent legislators have many advantages over challengers, particularly those without a political pedigree. The only way many new faces get a chance in politics is on […]

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Daily Media Links 11/15: Free Speech Is Starting to Dominate the U.S. Supreme Court’s Agenda, ‘Democracy Vouchers’ May Come to New York City, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Danica Roem’s win proves it: We don’t need to restrict campaign contributions By Luke Wachob Roem outraised Marshall 3-to-1 thanks in part to large donations from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates across the country. This was possible because Virginia is one of just a handful of states that impose […]

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Daily Media Links 11/14: Supreme Court to consider political apparel at the polling place, Senate Democrats press FEC to expand disclosure requirements to online political advertising, and more…

In the News Republican National Lawyers Association: Supreme Court Grants Cert re Minnesota’s Ban on Political Apparel at the Polls By Lisa Dixon [T]he Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky to decide whether “Minnesota statute Section 211B.11, which broadly bans all political apparel at the polling place, is […]

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