Staff

Bradley A. Smith

Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder Brad is one of the nation’s foremost experts on campaign finance law. He served as a Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, resigning as of Aug. 21, 2005. Smith was elected as Vice Chairman of the Commission in 2003 and Chairman of the Commission in 2004. A recent New York […]

Most Recent Post: Wall Street Journal: The Threat to Privacy of Opinion (In the News)

David Keating

David Keating, President David Keating has a long and distinguished career in nonprofit advocacy.  In addition to his role as Executive Director of Club for Growth, a group dedicated to the promulgation of economic freedom, he has served as executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union and executive director of Americans for Fair Taxation, […]

Most Recent Post: Twitter Loses Round One in Lawsuit Challenging User Ban

Allen Dickerson

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director Allen Dickerson is Legal Director of the Institute for Free Speech, where he leads the Institute’s nationwide litigation efforts. He has represented individuals and organizations in First Amendment challenges before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, the Supreme Courts of Colorado and […]

Most Recent Post: Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-06 (Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication”)

Matt Nese

Matt Nese, Director of External Relations Matt re-joined the Institute for Free Speech as the organization’s Director of External Relations in July 2012 after spending time at Stateside Associates, where he gained an extensive knowledge of state legislative processes. In his capacity as Director of External Relations, Matt is responsible for the organization’s legislative and […]

Most Recent Post: IFS Welcomes Senior Policy Analyst Eric Peterson to External Relations Department

Alex Baiocco

Alex Baiocco, Communications Fellow Alex joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Communications Fellow in July 2016. In this capacity, Alex is responsible for compiling and distributing the Institute’s signature weekday Daily Media Update, which contains topical news stories and commentary on a variety of issues surrounding campaign finance and free speech generally. Alex […]

Most Recent Post: 2018 May Be the Year of the Political Outsider, No Thanks to Campaign Finance “Reform”

Scott Blackburn

Scott Blackburn, Senior Research Analyst Scott became the Institute for Free Speech’s Senior Research Analyst in April 2017. In this position, he is responsible for spearheading the Institute’s short-term and long-term research efforts on the costs and benefits of campaign finance laws and regulations on free political debate and free association. Scott’s primary research areas […]

Most Recent Post: Puget Sound Business Journal: Opinion: Google’s political ad ban gives incumbents a big boost (In the News)

Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley, Office Manager Susan supports the Institute for Free Speech staff as Office Manager, and is the proud mom of three college students. (Geaux Tigers! Go Rams!) In addition to her work at IFS, Susan has served as President of the Mount Vernon Republican Women’s Club since January of 2011. A native of the […]

Alex Kroll

Alex Kroll, Director of Development Alex is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. As a student, he helped create and lead several student groups to counter the prevailing ideology present on those campuses. In his prior position as Member Relations Officer with Susan B. Anthony List, Alex […]

Tyler Martinez

Tyler Martinez, Staff Attorney Tyler Martinez is a Colorado native. He graduated summa cum laude from the Metropolitan State College of Denver with his B.A. in History. He then went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, while winning accolades for his advocacy skills and serving as Executive Editor of […]

Most Recent Post: Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

Zac Morgan

Zac Morgan, Staff Attorney Zac joined the Institute for Free Speech as a full-time staff attorney in 2012. He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law, where he participated in the school’s legal clinics for U.S. Supreme Court practice and providing legal assistance for service members. Prior to attending law school, […]

Most Recent Post: The Hill: Americans are smart enough to handle free speech at ballot box (In the News)

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson, Senior Policy Analyst Eric Peterson joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Senior Policy Analyst in June 2018, after nearly five years at Americans for Prosperity. Throughout his career, Eric has worked on a variety of issues relating to the First Amendment and free political speech, including fighting to protect free speech […]

Most Recent Post: Washington Examiner: FEC ‘compromise’ could threaten free speech online (In the News)

Luke Wachob

Luke Wachob, Senior Policy Analyst Luke joined the Institute for Free Speech as an intern in June 2013. He took on additional duties as a Policy Analyst in August 2013 and was promoted to Senior Policy Analyst in April 2017. As a Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute, Luke is responsible for directing and authoring […]

Most Recent Post: Washington Examiner: At 60, the NAACP’s victory for privacy rights must not be forgotten (In the News)

Eric Wang

Eric Wang, Senior Fellow Eric is a pro bono Senior Fellow with IFS and is also Special Counsel in the Election Law practice group at the Washington, DC law firm of Wiley Rein. Eric’s practice focuses on federal and state campaign finance, lobbying, political nonprofit, and government ethics laws. Eric has served as interim general […]

Most Recent Post: The Hill: Speech laws stand in the way of student gun advocacy (In the News)

Owen Yeates

Owen Yeates, Staff Attorney Owen graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and a B.S., summa cum laude, in physics from Brigham Young University. He clerked for the Honorable Scott Matheson, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2012-2013), the Honorable […]

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