Citizens United: Affirming Government Can’t Ban Speech

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a 2010 Supreme Court decision that restored some of the First Amendment rights of corporations and unions that had been restricted under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The case was brought by Citizens United, a nonprofit organization that wished to advertise and distribute a documentary film critical of Hillary Clinton in…

Testimony of Bradley A. Smith Before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties

February 5, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Hyperbole and charged rhetoric aside, what was Citizens United actually about? Quite simply, on January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court struck down a law ...

Citizens United After 10 Years: More Speech, Better Democracy

January 16, 2020   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law in Citizens United that prohibited corporations and labor unions from independently voicing ...

No: Government shouldn’t dictate views we’re allowed to hear

May 9, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Can the government ban political speech based on the identity of the speaker, or the mechanism that the speaker uses to communicate to fellow ...

Senate Democrats Exercise Their First Amendment Right to Demonize Americans Exercising Their First Amendment Rights

April 5, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , ,

Last week, Senate Democrats introduced their companion bill to the House’s recently passed H.R. 1, also known misleadingly as the “For the People Act.” ...

Letter to U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Citizens United and H.R. 1

January 29, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  ,

From the moment the ruling was announced in 2010, Citizens United has been wildly misconstrued. H.R. 1’s factual findings related to Citizens United, unfortunately, ...

9 years after Citizens United, the decision lives rent-free in liberals’ heads

January 22, 2019   •  By Eric Peterson   •  ,

Does the government have the power to suppress a film if it criticizes a candidate running for office?

My Speech is Good. Your Speech Should be Banned.

November 6, 2018   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Ben and Jerry share a passion for ice cream. Ben and Jerry also share a passion for progressive political advocacy. If Ben and Jerry ...

The Free Speech Record of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Part I

July 5, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

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 ...

Should the U.S. Constitution be amended to reverse Citizens United? No: Government power over campaign spending is a threat to free speech

June 20, 2018   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

In 2009, before the Supreme Court, the government claimed it could ban the publication of a book, if that book contained a single sentence ...

Remembering a major victory for free speech, 40 years later

May 18, 2018   •  By Thomas Wheatley   •  , , ,

A landmark Supreme Court decision marked its 40th birthday late last month. It’s worth celebrating. The case, known as First National Bank of Boston ...

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