Daily Media Links 9/21: California’s Bill Restricting Speech Is Authoritarian, First Amendment group sues DOJ over seizure of New York Times reporter’s phone, email records, and more…

In the News State Policy Network: Parker Douglas joins legal team as senior attorney By Matt Nese Parker Douglas has joined the growing legal department at the Institute for Free Speech as a senior attorney. Douglas’s addition enables the Institute to expand litigation and other legal efforts to protect free political speech and donor privacy. “I’m […]

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Daily Media Links 9/20: Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room,’ The Justice Dept’s secret rules for targeting journalists with FISA court orders, and more…

In the News Albany Democrat Herald: Editorial: A step toward campaign transparency By Editorial Board Last month, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled in CREW’s favor. In her ruling, the judge said that the federal regulation that allowed the anonymous contributions conflicted with federal statute – and that the law should prevail. With the midterm […]

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

In the News Washington Post: Political nonprofits must now name many of their donors under federal court ruling after Supreme Court declines to intervene By Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Robert Barnes The high court did not grant an emergency request to stay a ruling by a federal judge in Washington who had thrown out a decades-old […]

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Daily Media Links 9/18: Supreme Court Rejects Stay in Crossroads Campaign Disclosure Case, Who will stand up for the First Amendment on internet platforms?, and more…

In the News Fox News: Former FEC chairman Bradley Smith talks campaign finance law (Video and Transcript) SMITH: … [U]nder the Federal Election Campaign Act, anything one spends to influence a campaign can be deemed to be a contribution or an expenditure under one part of the law, but the law contains other clauses that focus […]

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Daily Media Links 9/17: Chief Justice Roberts halts campaign finance ruling, A Federal Court Just Limited Your First Amendment Right to Freely Associate, and more…

In the News Fox News: Former FEC chairman Bradley Smith talks campaign finance law (Video) ‘Russia Hoax’ author Gregg Jarrett and former FEC chairman Bradley Smith join ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ to discuss campaign finance laws. The Hill: Watchdog groups to file complaint against Montana candidate alleging coordination with NRA By Lisa Hagen Campaign finance watchdog groups […]

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Daily Media Links 9/14: Democrats would hold quick vote on sweeping ethics bill, Hoyer says, Missouri ethics reform, redistricting initiative tossed from November ballot by judge, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Is attempting to sway Susan Collins’s vote breaking the law? It’s hard to tell. By Bradley Smith The first relevant statute is 18 U.S.C. 201, which prohibits any person from “corruptly” offering “anything of value to any public official . . . with intent to influence any official act.” The organizers […]

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Daily Media Links 9/13: Kavanaugh moves toward confirmation vote, Ninth Circuit vs. Free Speech, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Can Free Speech be Progressive? Only if Progressives Speak Freely. By Eric Peterson A recent event at the Cato Institute examined the controversial question, “Can Free Speech be Progressive?” The query was posed by professor Louis Michael Seidman of Georgetown University Law Center in his recent article for […]

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Daily Media Links 9/12: The Slippery Slope of Regulating Social Media, A Fairness Doctrine for the Internet?, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Koch-backed charity must reveal donor list to California officials, appeals panel rules By Michelle Ye Hee Lee The panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed a district judge’s ruling that the group, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, does not need to submit a list of its donors to […]

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Daily Media Links 9/11: Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Ban on PAC Rules, Campaigns, Parties Can Accept Free Service From Microsoft, FEC Says, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Amicus Curiae Brief Of The Institute For Free Speech In Support Of Petitioners in Timbs v. Indiana (U.S. Supreme Court) The Bill of Rights protects discrete, enumerated liberties. But it also protects “our scheme of ordered liberty” by serving the Constitution’s larger, interlocking machinery. McDonald v. City of […]

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Daily Media Links 9/10: States Loom as a Regulatory Threat to Tech Giants, Trump Executives Face U.S. Campaign-Finance Probe, Source Says, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: The New York Times wants anonymity for the powerful, but no privacy for you By Bradley A. Smith The president’s anger at a disloyal staffer who is vowing to frustrate his policies is understandable, and if his identity is learned, firing is an appropriate response. But the New York Times piece […]

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