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

At every level of government, 2018 is experiencing a surge in political outsiders and newcomers running for office. The moment is also notable for the diversity of candidates running. Particularly among Democratic candidates, there has been an increase in diversity of gender, ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation, and religion. Political outsiders are not only challenging […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Danica Roem

IFS Praises IRS Reforms to Protect Donor Information

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, released the following statement praising Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision to modify IRS regulations to no longer require the names and addresses of donors on Schedule B of the tax forms filed by certain groups organized under Section 501(c) of the tax […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Form 990, IRS and the Tea Party, Schedule B

Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, applauds President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as a nominee for the Supreme Court. “Justice Kennedy was a great friend to free speech in the political arena – the core of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court

Another Upstart Challenger Defeats a Drastically Better-Funded Opponent

On June 26, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a challenger for New York’s 14th Congressional District, defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley. Crowley spent over $3.4 million. Ocasio-Cortez spent just $207,000. Crowley spent $16 for every $1 spent by Ocasio-Cortez. As writers on the left and right have pointed out, this is the latest election to once again demonstrate […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, End Citizens United, Joe Crowley

Part IV: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Authors Pro-Speech Dissents in Two Communications Act Cases

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This is the fourth in a series of posts on the free speech rulings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Part I is here, part II is here, and part III is here.) Previous posts have focused on cases squarely raising claims […]

Filed Under: Blog, Kavanaugh, Kennedy's Seat

Part III: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Joins Pro-Speech Opinion Upholding Rights of Protesters

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This post is the third in a series exploring the free speech views of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Part I is here, part II is here, and part IV is here.) This post explores two opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote or joined […]

Filed Under: Blog, Kavanaugh, Kennedy's Seat

Part II: More on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Campaign Finance Opinions

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This post is the second in a series exploring the free speech views of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Part I is here, part III is here, and part IV is here.) This post explores three First Amendment opinions written or joined […]

Filed Under: Blog, Kavanaugh, Kennedy's Seat

The Free Speech Record of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Part I

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This post is the first in a series exploring the free speech rulings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge reportedly being considered for Justice Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. (Part II is here, part III is […]

Filed Under: Blog, Kavanaugh, Kennedy's Seat

Judge Amy Coney Barrett: No Substantial Free Speech Opinions Yet

Hon. Amy Coney Barrett United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2017-Present) Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been a judge for less than a year. In that time, unsurprisingly, she has ruled on a relatively small number of appeals. None has implicated the core questions of political speech and association that the Institute […]

Filed Under: Blog, Coney Barrett, Kennedy's Seat

UPDATED: Judge Joan Larsen’s Record Offers Few Clues about Her Views on Free Speech

UPDATE: Since our original analysis, we have reviewed Judge Joan Larsen’s rulings and have found no new cases relating to free speech. Larsen joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on November 2, 2017. This analysis was originally published on January 11, 2017. Joan L. Larsen is a Justice on the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Larsen, Trump21

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