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Tenth Circuit Ruling Threatens Freedom of Association: Says Government Can Tell Parties How to Choose Their Leaders

Can the government control a private organization’s identity, leaders, and message? In a decision threatening all three of these First Amendment liberties, a divided panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the state of Utah can control the procedures an organization uses to choose its leaders. In 2013, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Freedom of Association, Political Parties, Utah Republican Party v. Cox, Utah

Debunking Three Myths about the “Honest Ads Act”

PDF available here The deceptively-named “Honest Ads Act” is a proposal in Congress that would increase regulations for paid political and issue advertising on the Internet – including communications by organizations engaged in nonpartisan voter education, registration, and get out the vote efforts. In order to run such ads, groups would be forced to comply […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Federal, disclaimers, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Russia

FEC Should Avoid Overburdening Online Political Ads

Comments filed by IFS urge the Commission to respect free speech online Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech filed comments Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to the agency’s March 26 announcement proposing revisions to disclaimer regulations as applied to public communications over the Internet. The Institute’s comments remind the FEC not to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-06 (Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication”)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel 1050 First Street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication” (Notice 2018-06) Dear Chair Hunter, Vice Chair Weintraub, and members of the Federal […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-05 (Rulemaking Petition Concerning Former Candidates’ Personal Use)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Robert M. Knop Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 1050 First Street NE Washington, DC 20463 RE: Notice 2018-05, Rulemaking Petition Concerning Former Candidates’ Personal Use, REG 2018-01 Dear Mr. Knop: The Institute for Free Speech (“the Institute”)[1] respectfully submits the following comments in response to Notice […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, federal election commission, Personal Use

Dark Money: The Courts Awaken

“This is like the Death Star. In Star Wars, they didn’t go fight the evil empire on every single planet. They went after the Death Star, and once they won the Death Star, everything else moved, you know, in a better direction.” That was how Senator Sheldon Whitehouse explained the importance of eliminating so-called “dark […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Center for American Progress, Donor Privacy, Nonprofit Advocacy, Privacy, sheldon whitehouse

Americans Support Speech Regulation… If They Are Not Told the Facts Surrounding It

Last week, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a news outlet biased in favor of greater political speech regulation, touted recent polling by the University of Maryland’s “Voice of the People” initiative. In their story, CPI specifically highlighted results showing that a large proportion of respondents support certain regulatory policies, such as a constitutional amendment […]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Money in Politics, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax-Financing, polling, University of Maryland, Voice of the People

No, OpenSecrets, Nonprofits Are Not “Fueling” an Increase in Political Ads

Understanding election spending can be difficult. Complex campaign finance laws and numerous categories of political giving and spending are enough to make your eyes glaze over. If that’s the case for experts, reporters, and analysts working in the field, it is certainly even more incomprehensible to the average voter who has less time and know-how […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Money in Politics, Center for Responsive Politics, Political Spending, Wesleyan Media Project

Did a D.C. Federal Court Fail the “Major Purpose Test”?

A recent opinion by Judge Christopher R. Cooper of the federal District Court in Washington, D.C. poses new risks for advocacy groups and their supporters. The ruling erodes a constitutional limitation on the power of the government to compel Americans speaking about policy issues to register themselves as political committees (PACs) with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, AAN, American Action Network, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, CREW, CREW v. FEC, Electioneering Communications, federal election commission, Judge Christopher Cooper, Major Purpose Test

Making a Difference with Anonymous Political Speech

Last week, the Tampa Bay Times published a detailed article about a group called “The Collective PAC,” whose mission is to “fix the challenge of African American underrepresentation in elected seats of power throughout our nation.” The Times outlines how this group is “bankrolling” Andrew Gillum, a black candidate for Florida governor in the Democratic […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch, Money in Politics, 501(c)(4)'s, Donor Privacy, Harassment, NAACP v. Alabama, Nonprofit Advocacy, Privacy, Tampa Bay Times, The Collective PAC, Florida

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