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Daily Media Links 12/12: Senators weigh in on ‘dark money’ tax deduction, After Manafort’s Indictment, Firms Are Suddenly Registering Their Foreign Lobbying, and more…

In the News The Hill: Facebook and the new Red Scare By David Keating and Paul Jossey Various interests have seized on Russian chicanery to push “reforms” lacking priority in less neurotic times. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter seeking new rules for online ads. The resulting bill […]

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The Hill: Facebook and the new Red Scare (In the News)

By David Keating and Paul Jossey
Various interests have seized on Russian chicanery to push “reforms” lacking priority in less neurotic times. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter seeking new rules for online ads. The resulting bill would burden internet speech with suffocating rules, even possibly banning some forms of online speech. Instead of hitting the Russians, the bill instead targets American speech, press and assembly rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. In short, despite the dearth of candidate references in the Russian ads, there is already a rush to chill the world’s most dynamic speech forum…
In the rush to respond, we have to remember the most important values, which are our rights to freely speak, publish, listen, read and watch. That’s the real risk of an irrational response, whether the threats come from new laws or more speech cops at Facebook…
The government should focus on ensuring that our voting machinery is safe from foreign hackers. Protection is also needed to prevent foreign agents from stealing internal candidate campaign communications. But when the issue is speech, we must exercise great caution lest zeal to curb foreign influence instead damages our own free speech rights.

Filed Under: David Keating, In the News, Paul Jossey, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 12/11: An Attack on My Privacy in Wisconsin’s Political War, The End of Free Speech, and more…

The Courts U.S. News & World Report: Appeals Court Upholds Montana’s Nonpartisan Judicial Races By Associated Press A federal appeals court has upheld a Montana law that says judicial candidates cannot seek, accept or use political endorsements in their campaigns. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a U.S. District Court ruling […]

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Daily Media Links 12/8: Make No Mistake, Crimes Were Committed In John Doe Leak, Schimel Says, City attorney rules on campaign finance violations, and more…

Supreme Court Forbes: Cutting Through The Rhetoric About Compelled Union Dues By Brian Miller The Supreme Court has long held that you can’t compel people to speak the state’s message. Even in contexts where the state acts in a managerial role (like as an employer) it can restrict some speech in the name of regulating […]

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Daily Media Links 12/7: Illinois Democrats ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear Blagojevich’s appeal, Trump administration opposes unions in key Supreme Court case, and more…

In the News Urban Family Talk: Stacy on the Right (Audio) Institute for Free Speech Attorney Zac Morgan discusses the Fist Amendment implications of the Supreme Court case Carpenter v. United States (beginning at 19:00). New from the Institute for Free Speech Letter in Support of Repeal of the Internal Revenue Service’s Form 990, Schedule […]

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Daily Media Links 12/6: The IRS and Donor Privacy, Patagonia, REI and Other Outdoor Retailers Protest Trump’s Decision to Shrink Utah Monuments, and more…

In the News NBC Chicago: Current and Former Lawmakers Ask High Court to Hear Blagojevich Case By Phil Rogers Emphasizing they take no position on Blagojevich’s guilt or innocence, the lawmakers emphasize the need to clarify once and for all the vagueries of campaign finance law in the United States. “This court’s guidance is needed […]

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Urban Family Talk: Stacy on the Right (Audio) (In the News)

Institute for Free Speech Attorney Zac Morgan discusses the Fist Amendment implications of the Supreme Court case Carpenter v. United States (beginning at 19:00).

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NBC Chicago: Current and Former Lawmakers Ask High Court to Hear Blagojevich Case (In the News)

By Phil Rogers
Emphasizing they take no position on Blagojevich’s guilt or innocence, the lawmakers emphasize the need to clarify once and for all the vagueries of campaign finance law in the United States.
“This court’s guidance is needed to distinguish the lawful solicitation and donation of campaign contributions from criminal violations of federal extortion, bribery, and fraud laws,” the lawmakers wrote in the brief filed Monday, noting that the court’s landmark McCormick decision stated flatly that political candidates can’t “realistically avoid soliciting campaign funds from the very constituents whose interests they may later advance through the support of specific legislation.” …
In a second brief filed in support of Blagojevich getting his day before the high court, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers agreed that the current rules surrounding campaign finance are confusing at best.
“A correct determination of what words and actions are legal and what are not legal is absolutely critical,” the defense lawyers wrote…
Two other groups also filed amicus briefs in support of the court taking Blagojevich’s case, the Institute for Free Speech, and the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law.

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Daily Media Links 12/5: State board concedes it violated free speech rights of red-light camera critic, The New York Times unwittingly proves that corporate free speech needs protection, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Brief of the Institute for Free Speech as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner in Blagojevich vs. United States Preventing quid pro quo corruption by public officials is a laudable goal; it is necessary to the effective functioning of our democracy. But when the alleged “quid” is a […]

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Daily Media Links 12/4: This ‘Tenacious Underdog’ Won His First Supreme Court Case. Now He’s Back., Lois Lerner’s Secrets, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Let’s Talk Turkey: Comparing 2016 Election and Thanksgiving Spending By Alex Cordell During the time-honored tradition of contentious political discussions at the Thanksgiving dinner table, one of your relatives may have mentioned the amount of money ($6.4 Billion) spent in the 2016 election cycle, asserting that there is […]

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