Corporate Governance: Civic Engagement by Businesses is Good for Democracy

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Corporations, like unions and other organizations, have a constitutional right to discuss politics. In fact, Americans expect companies to advocate for policies that protect their employees’ jobs, reduce costs to consumers, and spur technological innovation and growth. The courts have sanctioned the political speech rights of corporations on many occasions. Having lost the constitutional battle, those who oppose corporate speech…

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 ...

Risky Business: Do disclosure and shareholder approval of corporate political contributions affect firm performance?

May 8, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Abstract: The role of corporations in the U.S. political process has received increased scrutiny in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ...

Analysis of Connecticut H.B. 7329 (2019)

May 7, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , ,

H.B. 7329 would impose unclear reporting burdens on Connecticut residents speaking about issues of public importance in the state. The bill would also worsen ...

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Nebraska Legislative Bill 210

March 12, 2019   •  By Matt Nese   •  , , ,

As drafted, Nebraska Legislative Bill 210 will regulate an expansive amount of speech, including presumably books, websites, text messages, and e-mails. The bill’s unequal ...

In-N-Out Burger and Political Bullies

September 4, 2018   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman is calling for a boycott of In-N-Out burger because, horror of horrors, the company donates to Republicans. No ...

Wells Fargo Closes Campaign’s Bank Account over Disagreement with Donors

August 21, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

Add a new chapter to the debate over private regulation of speech. Wells Fargo closed the bank account of a Florida candidate who received campaign contributions ...

Did Free Speech Destroy American Democracy?

March 19, 2018   •  By Joe Albanese   •  , ,

Would giving up our constitutional rights make our country more democratic? Would regulating speech make government more accountable to the people? Shockingly, some answer ...

The Price of Corporate Speech Rights: Sometimes They’ll Say Things You Dislike

March 5, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

A wave of businesses distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association is increasing skepticism of corporate political power among conservatives. A recent article in ...

Is Patagonia Destroying Democracy?

December 12, 2017   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Holiday shoppers visiting the online home of outdoor apparel and equipment retailer Patagonia, Inc. are encountering an overtly political message: “The President Stole Your ...

Brookings Panel Offers an (Incomplete) Historical Background on the Relationship Between Corporations and Democracy

November 17, 2017   •  By Alex Cordell   •  , ,

On Wednesday morning, the Brookings Institution hosted an event to examine the relationship between corporations and democracy throughout American history. However, the role of ...

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