Disclosure: A Threat to Associational Privacy

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS staff  •    •  

Disclosure, in the campaign finance context, refers to laws and regulations requiring candidates and political groups to report information about their activities to the government, which then makes that information available publicly. The required information varies greatly, depending on the affected organization and the local, state, or federal government mandating the disclosure. Disclosure rules fall into two broad categories: disclosure…

Regulating Speakers Harms First Amendment Rights, Whether They’re Professional Journalists or Not

April 16, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

Those rightly concerned about the creation of a sham “Journalism Ethics Board” should be similarly concerned about the immense powers granted to agencies, like ...

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 ...

Let’s expose ‘dark money’ without threatening free speech, advocates say

March 13, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  ,

The way to counter corruption and check the influence of entrenched power is not to pry open the donor files of organizations, but to ...

Editorial counterpoint: Could campaign disclosure laws be a threat to democracy? Absolutely.

March 8, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Transparency is for government; privacy is for citizens.

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