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…

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance v. Sullivan

October 10, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Can the government hijack over 20 percent of an issue ad to promote the state’s message? Can it force a speaker to name five ...

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

May 25, 2018   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , ,

On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech (“the Institute”),[1] we respectfully submit the following comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ...

Springfield News-Leader: Privacy for nonprofits should be common sense (In the News)

June 19, 2017   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

We want the government to be transparent, but we also want Americans to have privacy. When people and government intersect — in the voting ...

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Massachusetts House Bill 4226

July 8, 2014   •  By David Keating   •  , , , ,

The Honorable Therese Murray The Honorable Bruce E. Tarr Re:  Constitutional and Practical Issues with House Bill 4226 Dear President Murray, Minority Leader Tarr, ...

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