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

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

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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Amy Klobuchar Knows Exactly What She’s Doing, and It Should Scare You

We have written extensively before about the dangers of the so-called “Honest Ads Act,” a bill introduced late last year by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ). Purported to be legislation intended to stymie Russian efforts to influence our elections, the bill would actually regulate and restrict online internet ads […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amy Klobuchar, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, S. 1989

Censorship and Privacy: Lessons from Alabama

If an elected official views a political advertisement as misleading, or even false, should that politician have the power to prevent citizens from viewing the ad? Although some members of Congress are warming up to the idea of politicians deciding what constitutes an “honest ad,” most Americans with any concern for the future of free […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Advertising, Donor Privacy, Doug Jones, False Statement Laws, Google, Harrassment, Internet Speech Regulation, Intimidation, John Merrill, Roy Moore, YouTube, Alabama

NYT Op-Ed Grasps at Straws to Justify Online Speech Regulation

Data privacy is an increasingly salient issue. Billions of users have had their personal information leaked over the internet as a result of numerous hacks and data breaches. Many individuals hand over information voluntarily to social media companies, who in turn sell it to third parties for targeted advertising. Writing in The New York Times, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Facebook, FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, The New York Times

Comments to FEC on Potential Rulemaking on Internet Communications Disclaimers

PDF of letter available here Via Electronic Filing Att’n: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. For the third time in six years, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “Commission”) has requested comments “on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations concerning disclaimers on […]

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The Key to Fighting Foreign “Fake News” is More Speech, Not Less

Just over two months have passed since Facebook announced that Russian-linked accounts purchased advertisements covering a wide range of divisive topics during the 2016 presidential election. Since then, Facebook’s position at the forefront of the news cycle has been effectively secured – alongside Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Vladimir Putin. It was not long ago that […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Amy Klobuchar, Dianne Feinstein, Facebook, Google, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, John McCain, Mark Warner, Russia, Twitter

2016 Online Ad Spending in Perspective

In recent weeks, the use of online advertisements by Russia to meddle in the 2016 campaign has featured heavily in news stories. Those in favor of expanding the current regulatory framework would have you believe that the problem is great enough to warrant, even necessitate, government intervention. Check out the Institute for Free Speech’s newest […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Infographic, Internet Ads, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Russia

Targeted Advertising is Neither a Problem Nor New

The evolving story about Russian intervention in the 2016 elections has spurred Congress to fixate increasingly on online advertising. Organizations with suspected links to the Russian government ran ads on social media platforms like Facebook, where they spent about $100,000 on such content – a miniscule number compared to both domestic political spending online and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Facebook, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, Targeted Advertising

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