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Federal Judge Strikes Down FEC Regulation

Case against former Utah Attorney General dismissed Alexandria, VA – A federal judge today struck down a Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulation expanding liability for contributions made through straw donors. U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson ruled that the FEC “exceed[ed] its authority to write regulations and improperly intrud[ed] into the realm of law making […]

Filed Under: Blog, fec v. swallow, Newsroom, Press Releases, Utah

In Case You Missed It! Media Coverage of the Free Speech Index

“Fox & Friends” On Tuesday, Institute for Free Speech President David Keating appeared on “Fox & Friends” to promote IFS’ recently released Free Speech Index. The Free Speech Index ranks all fifty states based on how restrictive their political giving laws are. Keating offered this summary of the goals of the Index: “The big problem […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Newsroom, Press Releases, Fox & Friends, Free Speech Index - Grading the 50 States on Political Giving Freedom, The Wall Street Journal

New Free Speech Index Measures Limits on Political Giving

Report by Institute for Free Speech gives eleven states ‘A’ grades in first-of-its-kind survey on freedom to support candidates, parties, and PACs Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) today published its first ever Free Speech Index, grading states on their contribution limit laws for candidates, political parties, and political action committees. Contributing to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Newsroom, Press Releases, Free Speech Index - Grading the 50 States on Political Giving Freedom

Institute for Free Speech Statement on FEC Vote to Proceed with Internet Ad Rulemaking

Preserving online speech freedom should be a priority for regulators Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech President David Keating released the following statement today regarding the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning disclaimer mandates for online advertisements: “The FEC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a good start, and we commend the commissioners for […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, FEC, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation

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

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

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

Institute for Free Speech Brief: Minnesota’s Ban on Political Apparel at Polling Places Violates the First Amendment

Poorly written and overly broad, Minnesota’s law goes too far Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech last week filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging that a Minnesota law banning all political apparel at polling places be struck down for violating the First Amendment. The case, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, U.S. Supreme Court, Minnesota

Institute for Free Speech Statement on Ruling in Holmes v. FEC

Court Upholds Illogical Limit on Campaign Contributions Alexandria, VA –  The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement today regarding the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Holmes v. Federal Election Commission: “We are disappointed by today’s decision. The FEC has never shown that restricting campaign contributions on the basis of the time of year […]

Filed Under: Blog, Holmes v. FEC, Holmes v. FEC Other Links, Press Releases

Analysis: “Honest Ads Act” Targets Americans, not Foreign Actors

Alexandria, VA –  The Institute for Free Speech today released an analysis of the “Honest Ads Act” (S. 1989) that says the bill would impose broad-based regulations on the political speech of Americans and do almost nothing to regulate foreign interference in elections. To read the analysis, click here, or go to: http://www.ifs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-11-01_Legislative-Brief_Federal_S-1989_Honest-Ads-Act.pdf. “Legislation that responds to foreign meddling […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, S. 1989

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