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Analysis: North Dakota Ballot Measure Raises First Amendment Concerns

Initiative Could Require News Media to File Reports with the State; Contains Potentially Vague and Overbroad Provisions Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released an analysis today of a proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that says the initiative could create new risks for individuals and groups who speak about […]

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

PDF of analysis available here Analysis Of November 2018 North Dakota Campaign Finance/Lobbying Initiated Constitutional Amendment[1] By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[2] Introduction and Executive Summary The Institute for Free Speech (“IFS”)[3] provides the following analysis of the voter-initiated campaign finance and lobbying amendment to North Dakota’s State Constitution that will be on the ballot in […]

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Kavanaugh Joins Opinion that Helps Ensure FEC Enforcement Actions Remain Free of Bias

Hon. Brett Kavanaugh United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (2006-Present) This is the fifth in a series of posts on the free speech rulings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (Part I is here, part II is here, part III is here, and part IV is here.) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics […]

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Regulating the Internet: A Dangerous Trend for Free Speech

PDF available here The First Amendment is facing a new threat in state legislatures. A spate of bills that would regulate political and issue advertising on the Internet are jeopardizing free speech. Promoted under the guise of “transparency” or as a response to foreign meddling in U.S. elections, these complicated proposals can be difficult to […]

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Be on the Lookout: Four Red Flags in Bills that Will Chill Online Speech

PDF available here The Internet and social media outreach are more important than ever to campaigns. As a result, legislators face a temptation to regulate this growing medium. Those favoring more speech regulation are now seizing on reports of Russian Facebook ad buys as justification for passing strict laws regulating online speech. But these ads […]

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Four Constitutional Red Flags in State Disclosure Laws

PDF available here The First Amendment protects the right of Americans to associate privately with others. Nonprofits across America have long relied on this right to organize supporters and advocate on their behalf. Examples of such organizations include the National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, the AARP, NAACP […]

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Is Transparency in Government Always Good?

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote these words over a century ago. It typified the Progressive Era’s focus on “good government” and civil administration. Since the first “publicity” law in 1910, political spending transparency has been an unchallenged campaign finance […]

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Statement on Dismissal of Markley and Sampson v. SEEC

Case poses ‘significant’ First Amendment questions Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to a Connecticut court’s decision to dismiss as untimely our clients’ appeal of an administrative ruling that effectively censored candidate campaign ads. “Today’s ruling lets the government off the hook for stringing along our clients […]

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Media or Not, the First Amendment Protects Your Right to Unlimited Speech

Hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper recently announced that he purchased the Chicago local news site Chicagoist. Part of the Gothamist family of local news outlets, the publication was previously owned by the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts. Ricketts shut down all of the Gothamist brands after writers voted to unionize. WNYC, a New […]

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Facebook’s Free Speech Paradox

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for comments in a recent interview on the technology podcast, Recode Decode. During the interview, Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s practice of not removing content that is blatantly false. In defense of this practice, Zuckerberg articulated his belief that Facebook shouldn’t become an arbiter of truth. Zuckerberg’s and Facebook’s […]

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