Disclaimers: Crowding Out Political Speech

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Disclaimers are the fine print on political ads that provide viewers and listeners with information about the purchaser of the ad. The most common disclaimer text is a simple “paid for by…”, but disclaimer rules vary radically from ad to ad and state to state. Some disclaimers require lengthy set scripts or information about donors to groups that created the…

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 ...

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018–05

April 15, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , ,

On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech, we respectfully submit the following in response to the Federal Election Commission’s request for comments on ...

A Survey of Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws in the 50 States, District of Columbia, New York City, and Seattle

March 19, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech (“IFS”) has reviewed the laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and Seattle regulating ...

What Would H.R. 1 Mean for My Group?

PDF available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] One way to better understand how H.R. 1 would affect nonprofit civic and advocacy groups is ...

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives in Opposition to H.R. 1

The Institute for Free Speech writes in strong opposition to H.R. 1, the “For the People Act.” More appropriately known as the “For the ...

H.R. 1 Resource Guide

H.R. 1, better known as the “For the Politicians Act,” would institute sweeping new limitations on speech about campaigns and public affairs. In response, ...

Testimony of David Keating Before the U.S. House Committee on House Administration on H.R. 1

One way to understand how H.R. 1 would harm nonprofit civic and advocacy groups is to apply its provisions to common advocacy and operating ...

Testimony of Bradley A. Smith Before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on H.R. 1

February 6, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , , , , , ,

Despite proponents’ insistence that H.R. 1 is “For the People,” the bill is anything but. More appropriately labeled the “For the Politicians Act,” H.R. ...

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Colorado Senate Bill 19-068

January 28, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , , , ,

This legislation touches on fundamental First Amendment rights of speech, petition, and private association. S.B. 19-068 is, therefore, subject to “exacting scrutiny” – a heightened ...

Analysis of H.R. 1 (Part One)

January 23, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

This analysis examines Title IV, Subtitles B (“DISCLOSE Act”), C (“Honest Ads”), and D (“Stand by Every Ad”) of H.R. 1 (116th Congress). The ...

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