The Washington Post Holds Series of Panels on the First Amendment

On Tuesday, The Washington Post hosted a series of First Amendment panels at its offices in an event called “Free to State: A New Era for the First Amendment.” The panels touched on several different topics related to free speech and freedom of religion and were moderated by Post writers. The Post’s Publisher and Chief […]

Filed Under: Blog, ACLU, Ann Coulter, Campus Speech, Christina Paxson, Digital Speech, Floyd Abrams, free speech, Nadine Strossen, Offensive Speech, Religious Liberty, Robert Zimmer, The Washington Post

Let Us Protect You From Speech

You know that feeling when you read an op-ed on a pertinent issue and all of a sudden you realize there is no author listed? Your heart starts beating out of your chest. Your palms get sweaty. Pupils dilate. You have just been exposed to the immense danger of ANONYMOUS POLITICAL SPEECH. No, of course, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Anonymous Speech, climate change, Dark Money, free speech, NSA Surveillance

Cato Holds Discussion on New Floyd Abrams Book on First Amendment

On Monday, the Cato Institute hosted a forum to discuss Floyd Abrams’s new book, The Soul of the First Amendment. Abrams is well known as a scholar and litigator of free speech issues. He is Senior Counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and has been involved in numerous Supreme Court cases, including the famous […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Cato Institute, First Amendment, Floyd Abrams, free speech, Ilya Shapiro, Roger Pilon, Ronald Collins, The Soul of the First Amendment

In Defense of “Super PAC’s” and of the First Amendment

In this article, CCP Academic Advisor and Brooklyn Law School Professor Joel Gora offers a defense of “Super PACs” and of the First Amendment principles that they embody; namely, that in order to make our democracy work, we need a robust, wide-open and uninhibited discussion of politics and government. Although Super PACs have gotten bad […]

Filed Under: First Amendment, Independent Speech, Research, Super PACs, Academic Advisory Board, ACLU, Brooklyn Law School, Buckley v. Valeo, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Center for Competitive Politics, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, free speech, independent expenditure, independent speech, independent spending, Joel Gora, money in politics, SpeechNow.org v. FEC, super PACs, First Amendment, Independent Speech, First Amendment, Independent Speech

Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Campaign Finance Laws: Can They Co-Exist?

A prominent politician once observed that, “You can either have free speech or fair elections, but you can’t have both.” In this article, CCP Academic Advisor and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School Joel M. Gora argues that saying has it all backwards. In fact, you cannot have one without the other. The election of 2012 […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contributions & Limits, Expenditure, Faulty Assumptions, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Money in Politics, Research, Super PACs, Super PACs, campaign contributions, campaign finance, Contribution limits, First Amendment, free speech, money in politics, super PACs, Contribution Limits, Faulty Assumptions, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Contributions & Limits, Faulty Assumptions, First Amendment, Independent Speech

New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections

In urging support for the DISCLOSE Act back in 2010, President Obama said, “A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.” This was not the first time the President echoed left-wing groups’ hysterical claims about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, corporate contributions, corporate disclosure, corporate speech, corporations, DISCLOSE, Disclose Act, First Amendment, free speech, independent expenditure, super PAC

The Nuclear Amendment

Last Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the latest proposed Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. According to Sen. Tester, the amendment seeks to ensure that “real people and their ideas – not corporations and their money – …decide our elections.” As misguided as this understanding of Citizens United […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Money in Politics, Super PACs, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, First Amendment speech, free speech, money in politics

Plan for State to Police Speech Could be Costly, Unconstitutional

Plan for State to Police Speech Could be Costly, Unconstitutional ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Matt Nese, CCP’s Director of External Relations, in comments to Montana’s Senate Judiciary Committee on H.B. 129, warned that the proposal “would set a dangerous precedent allowing the government itself to define the truth or falsity of campaign speech.” The legislation seeks to amend the state’s law […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Sub-Pages, Featured Content, Press Releases, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, free speech, H.B. 129, Montana, District Of Columbia, Montana

Reflections on Free Speech on the Third Anniversary of Citizens United

It’s fitting the third anniversary of Citizens United v Federal Election Commission falls on inauguration weekend. The case allowed new ways for citizens to participate in campaigns, a fact publicly derided by progressives and reformers yet privately taken advantage of by the candidates they support, including President Obama. Despite the liberal condemnation of the money Citizens United brought to campaigns, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, Super PACs, c-4s, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, free speech, SpeechNow

Media Watch: Good News for Campaign Finance

The NY Time’s David Firestone published a post on the Time’s Editorial Page Editor’s blog last week decrying the post-election spending results.  Titled “Bad News for Campaign Finance,” the post was in many ways a sign of how the First Amendment protections have been prevailing over ridiculous political speech restrictions and citizens have been more involved than […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch, Super PACs, campaign contributions, campaign finance, campaign finance reform, clean elections, Contribution limits, corporate contributions, DISCLOSE, Disclosure, First Amendment, free speech, koch brothers, media watch, New York, New York Times, non-profits, Obama, District Of Columbia, New York

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