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Advocacy Groups: Made from Love

Another day, another accusation about paid protesters. As the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process moved to its final stages, President Trump took to Twitter to accuse those protesting Kavanaugh’s confirmation of being “paid professionals.” The myth of ready-to-go, paid-for protesters as the people who show up for any particular political cause has been thoroughly debunked over […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Advocacy Nonprofits, Kavanaugh, Protests

Institute for Free Speech Wins Legal Challenge, Publishes Analysis of South Dakota Constitutional Amendment W and Initiated Measure 24

Alexandria, VA – Following a federal court ruling, the Institute for Free Speech released its analysis of two South Dakota ballot measures that the group says implicate First Amendment rights. The measures – Constitutional Amendment W and Initiated Measure 24 – will go before voters in November. The Institute initially concluded it could not publish […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, IFS v. Jackley, South Dakota

First Amendment Analysis: South Dakota Ballot Measures

PDF of analysis available here By Owen Yeates and Ryan Morrison South Dakotans face many decisions this November, including a proposed statute titled Initiated Measure 24[1] and a ballot measure to amend the state constitution, known as Amendment W.[2] Both implicate important First Amendment rights. Initiated Measure 24 is an outright ban on speech—if a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, South Dakota

Comments to National Park Service on Proposed Rule Regarding Demonstrations and Special Events in the National Capital Region, 83 Fed. Reg. 40460 (Aug. 15, 2018)

PDF of letter available here Brian D. Joyner Chief of Staff National Mall and Memorial Parks National Park Service 900 Ohio Drive, SW Washington, DC 20024 Via the federal eRulemaking portal http://www.regulations.gov Re: Proposed rule regarding demonstrations and special events in the National Capital Region, 83 Fed. Reg. 40460 (Aug. 15, 2018), Regulation Identifier No. […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Freedom of Assembly, National Park Service, Protests

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Sues State Over Compelled Speech Requirements

Government demands for irrelevant information violate First Amendment, lawsuit says Alexandria, VA – Today, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (MassFiscal), a nonpartisan nonprofit represented by the Institute for Free Speech, will file a federal lawsuit alleging that some Massachusetts campaign finance laws are unconstitutional. Unlike most states, Massachusetts requires ads that name candidates within 90 days of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance v. Sullivan, Massachusetts

Institute for Free Speech Challenges South Dakota Law Regulating Speech about Ballot Measures

South Dakota law unconstitutionally restricts core First Amendment speech, press rights Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court saying that a South Dakota law regulating speech about ballot measures is unconstitutional. The Institute seeks to publish an objective analysis of two ballot measures – Constitutional Amendment W and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, IFS v. Jackley, South Dakota

Statement of IFS Chairman Bradley A. Smith on Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in reaction to today’s Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: “In twelve years on the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Kavanaugh established himself as a firm defender of a robust First Amendment and free […]

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

“Dark Money” Documentary Warns Viewers of the Dangers of Postcards

Earlier this week, PBS aired the documentary, Dark Money. The film is directed and produced by Kimberly Reed, previously known for her autobiographical documentary, Prodigal Sons. Reed’s newest film again points the camera at her home state of Montana. In Dark Money, she spins a hyperbolic and misleading tale of so-called “dark money” polluting the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Dark Money, Political Spending, Montana

When You Have to Dine and Dash

When was the last time you had to abruptly leave a restaurant? Whatever the reason, chances are it wasn’t because protestors arrived unannounced and interrupted your meal. Yet, this seems to be a growing occurrence for many elected officials, as the number of incidents of their everyday activities being interrupted has spiked. Senator Ted Cruz […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Associational Privacy, Donor Privacy, Harassment, Protests, Ted Cruz

What Judge Howell Really Said in the Crossroads GPS Case

Alexandria, VA – A recent district court ruling held that a longstanding Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosure regulation violated federal law. The case involved a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) against Crossroads GPS regarding the group’s “independent expenditures” – ads that urge the support or defeat of a candidate. CREW now misrepresents the ruling, saying that it requires such […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, Newsroom, Press Releases, CREW v. FEC

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