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Daily Media Links 11/13: House Dems push FEC for tougher action on foreign election meddling, Congress’s end run around a pillar of online free speech, and more…

In the News Richmond Times-Dispatch: Money in politics apparently isn’t so bad when Democrats win By A. Barton Hinkle When conservative or libertarian groups support a Republican candidate, it’s proof that the candidate is “in the pocket of” powerful and nefarious interests who have “bought and paid for” her support. When liberal or progressive groups […]

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Daily Media Links 11/9: Sweeping Changes Proposed for Foreign Lobbying Law, FEC Commissioner Wants New Social Media Input on Disclosures, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech The Key to Fighting Foreign “Fake News” is More Speech, Not Less By Alex Cordell With the full extent of Russian interference in the election slowly beginning to surface, calls for heavy-handed government regulations to combat the unknown dangers of online political advertisements seem overstated, to say the […]

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Americans for Prosperity: Prosperity Podcast #80: Honest Ads Act is a Threat to Free Speech (In the News)

After the 2016 elections, it was revealed that foreign agents bought around $100,000 in social media ads. In response, some members of the House and Senate are seeking stricter regulations on political speech on social media. Is this a necessary step to preserve the integrity of American elections or another example of the erosion of free speech? In this episode, Ed is joined by Allen Dickerson, the legal director for the Institute for Free Speech, who highlights the dangers to speech of regulating online speech.

Filed Under: Allen Dickerson, Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News

Daily Media Links 11/8: Tech and Congress did themselves no favors in hearings, Even Trump has a right to free speech, and more…

In the News Americans for Prosperity: Prosperity Podcast #80: Honest Ads Act is a Threat to Free Speech After the 2016 elections, it was revealed that foreign agents bought around $100,000 in social media ads. In response, some members of the House and Senate are seeking stricter regulations on political speech on social media. Is […]

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Daily Media Links 11/7: Cynical Politicians Turn #FakeNews Into a Rallying Cry for Censorship, Some Thoughts On Gag Rules And Government Unmasking Demands, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Targeted Advertising is Neither a Problem Nor New By Joe Albanese The capacity to collect data on the internet, especially on social media sites where people voluntarily share a great deal of personal information, makes this process more precise and affordable than ever before. But targeting existed before […]

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Daily Media Links 11/6: Government Protection From Russian Misinformation Would Be ‘Cure’ Far Worse Than Disease, Judge Upholds Seattle’s Novel Campaign Finance Vouchers, and more…

In the News Daily Journal: Honest Ads Act: Honestly Overbroad? As tech titans reckon with disruptive foreign interference, Congress debates the Honest Ads Act, aimed at exposing invidious overseas actors. Eric Wang (Institute for Free Speech) argues the legislation would mostly target Americans exercising constitutionally-protected political speech. Internet Speech Regulation Reason: Government Protection From Russian […]

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Daily Journal: Honest Ads Act: Honestly Overbroad? (In the News)

As tech titans reckon with disruptive foreign interference, Congress debates the Honest Ads Act, aimed at exposing invidious overseas actors. Eric Wang (Institute for Free Speech) argues the legislation would mostly target Americans exercising constitutionally-protected political speech.

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, Eric Wang, In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 11/3: The Never-Ending Search for Foreign Subversives, Congress Pats Itself On The Back Via Social Media For Its Opportunity To Slam Social Media, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Why Contribution Limits Pose a Threat to Free Speech By Alex Cordell Contribution limits, in effect, are little more than a cap on free speech and free association. Unfortunately, current campaign finance laws allow this restriction on free speech. While the Supreme Court, in the 1976 decision Buckley […]

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Wall Street Journal: A ‘Teachable Moment’ on Free Speech (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith
Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M.) tweeted back that “POTUS is again openly suggesting an abuse of power.” Yet Mr. Udall has repeatedly sponsored a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to regulate political speech. He reintroduced it this year, making clear he wanted to regulate speech by “Wall Street” and “corporations.” …
So why not revoke the licenses of stations that are unfair or inaccurate in their coverage? Many Trump critics are demanding that Facebook and Twitter act to eliminate “fake news” online. Why then tolerate biased reporting from broadcasters?
The answer is that government can’t be trusted to decide which reporting counts as fake news. After all, one man’s “distortion” is another’s “straight talk.” While Mr. Udall thinks corporations are too powerful, others might say labor unions. The temptation will be to silence opponents. What the government is most likely to crack down on is news that’s critical of the government.
That’s why we have a First Amendment. Those who pine for more regulation of campaign speech should take this “teachable moment” to ponder two questions: Does free speech apply to all Americans, or only to the favored few calling themselves “the press?” And are political opponents the only ones who cannot be trusted with the power to censor critics?

Filed Under: Brad Smith, In the News, Published Articles

People’s Pundit Daily: Analysis: “Honest Ads Act” Is Dishonest; It Targets Americans, Not Foreign Influence (In the News)

By PPD Elections Staff
[A]n analysis of the so-called “Honest Ads Act” finds the bill does almost nothing to regulate foreign interference in U.S. elections. Instead, it predominantly targets Americans and would impose broad-based, restrictions and regulations on Americans’ free speech rights.
“Legislation that responds to foreign meddling by regulating the speech of Americans will not limit foreign influence in American political campaigns,” said Eric Wang, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Free Speech, which conducted the analysis. “Worse, it will impede the ability of Americans to use their own speech to call out and expose ‘fake news’ and propaganda.”
While the Institute for Free Speech says they’re “deeply disturbed” by the efforts of Russia and other hostile foreign actors, the legislation will undermine our democracy, not secure it. It will advance Vladimir Putin’s agenda, not derail it, by sowing further division and “placing considerable limits and burdens on the online political speech of Americans.”
An overwhelming 99.99% of the online political ads regulated by the bill will be purchased by Americans, while ads purchased by foreigners represent less than 0.01%.

Filed Under: Eric Wang, In the News, Quotes CCP

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