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: Washington Post: Is attempting to sway Susan Collins’s vote breaking the law? It’s hard to tell. (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: USA Today: Money spent in Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation battle is good for democracy (In the News)

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: Petition to FEC for Rulemaking to Revise 11 C.F.R. § 100.52 (Independent Expenditure Donor Reporting)

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: State Policy Network: Institute for Free Speech examines First Amendment record of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (In the News)

Alex Baiocco

Alex Baiocco, Media Manager Alex joined the Institute for Free Speech as a Communications Fellow in July 2016 and was promoted to Media Manger in September 2018. 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 […]

Most Recent Post: Daily Media Links 9/19: How Regulating Platforms’ Content Moderation Means Regulating Speech – Even Yours, Foreign lobbying overhaul loses steam in Congress, and more…

Scott Blackburn

Scott Blackburn, Research Director Scott became the Institute for Free Speech’s Research Director in September 2018. 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 include contribution […]

Most Recent Post: Disclosure Laws Will Hurt Minority Views

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 […]

Mike Columbo

Mike Columbo, Senior Fellow Mike is a pro bono Senior Fellow with the Institute for Free Speech and is also Of Counsel in the Political Law Section of the California law firm of Nielsen Merksamer. In his practice with Nielsen Merksamer, he supports and defends businesses, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, political committees, and individuals engaged […]

Most Recent Post: Did a D.C. Federal Court Fail the “Major Purpose Test”?

Parker Douglas

Parker Douglas, Senior Attorney Parker joined IFS in September 2018.  He graduated Order of the Coif from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review, holds a Ph.D. with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with honors from Pitzer […]

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 Federalist: You Can’t Fight Hate With Censorship, Says Former ACLU President (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: Can Free Speech be Progressive? Only if Progressives Speak Freely.

Luke Wachob

Luke Wachob, Communications Director Luke became Communications Director of the Institute for Free Speech in September 2018. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating the Institute’s efforts to provide timely and compelling commentary on free speech issues. Luke manages the Institute’s media inquiries, oversees press releases and organizational statements, and assists in the writing […]

Most Recent Post: Wells Fargo Closes Campaign’s Bank Account over Disagreement with Donors

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: Analysis of November 2018 North Dakota Campaign Finance/Lobbying Initiated Constitutional Amendment

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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