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Dark Money: The Courts Awaken

“This is like the Death Star. In Star Wars, they didn’t go fight the evil empire on every single planet. They went after the Death Star, and once they won the Death Star, everything else moved, you know, in a better direction.” That was how Senator Sheldon Whitehouse explained the importance of eliminating so-called “dark […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Center for American Progress, Donor Privacy, Nonprofit Advocacy, Privacy, sheldon whitehouse

Americans Support Speech Regulation… If They Are Not Told the Facts Surrounding It

Last week, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a news outlet biased in favor of greater political speech regulation, touted recent polling by the University of Maryland’s “Voice of the People” initiative. In their story, CPI specifically highlighted results showing that a large proportion of respondents support certain regulatory policies, such as a constitutional amendment […]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, polling, University of Maryland, Voice of the People

No, OpenSecrets, Nonprofits Are Not “Fueling” an Increase in Political Ads

Understanding election spending can be difficult. Complex campaign finance laws and numerous categories of political giving and spending are enough to make your eyes glaze over. If that’s the case for experts, reporters, and analysts working in the field, it is certainly even more incomprehensible to the average voter who has less time and know-how […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Money in Politics, Center for Responsive Politics, Political Spending, Wesleyan Media Project

Did a D.C. Federal Court Fail the “Major Purpose Test”?

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 government to compel Americans speaking about policy issues to register themselves as political committees (PACs) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, AAN, American Action Network, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, CREW, CREW v. FEC, Electioneering Communications, federal election commission, Judge Christopher Cooper, Major Purpose Test

Making a Difference with Anonymous Political Speech

Last week, the Tampa Bay Times published a detailed article about a group called “The Collective PAC,” whose mission is to “fix the challenge of African American underrepresentation in elected seats of power throughout our nation.” The Times outlines how this group is “bankrolling” Andrew Gillum, a black candidate for Florida governor in the Democratic […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch, Money in Politics, 501(c)(4)'s, Donor Privacy, Harassment, NAACP v. Alabama, Nonprofit Advocacy, Privacy, Tampa Bay Times, The Collective PAC, Florida

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 […]

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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

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

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 […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Washington S.B. 5991

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Zack Hudgins The Honorable Laurie Dolan The Honorable Joyce McDonald RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with S.B. 5991 Dear Chair Hudgins, Vice Chair Dolan, Ranking Minority Member McDonald, Assistant Ranking Minority Member Kraft, and Members of the House State Government, Elections and Information Technology Committee: On behalf of the Institute […]

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