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…

House Draft COVID-19 Emergency Bill Contains Hidden Threats to First Amendment Rights

March 24, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

Yesterday, Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives unveiled a draft bill ostensibly intended to address the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Comments to IRS on Notice 2017-73

February 13, 2020   •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

PDF of comments available here Via U.S. and Electronic Mail Charles P. Rettig, Commissioner Internal Revenue Service CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2017-73) Room 5203 P.O. Box ...

Foresight is 20/20: Free Speech Developments to Follow This Year

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February 12, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , , ,

A number of trends that will continue to unfold in 2020 have the potential to significantly impact Americans’ political speech rights. As policymakers, pundits, ...

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 ...

Supplemental Comments to IRS on REG-102508-16

December 9, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech respectfully submits the following supplemental comments in support of the proposed rule updating the information reporting regulations under Section ...

Comments to IRS on REG-102508-16

November 4, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech respectfully submits the following comments in support of the proposed rule updating the information reporting regulations under Section 6033. ...

Campaign Finance Law Should Do More To Prevent Donor Harassment

October 24, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

At a time when everyone’s contributions over $200 are just a few clicks away, disclosure laws created in a pre-internet era deserve a second ...

Privacy for Rights Isn’t a Trade Americans Should Be Forced To Make

October 15, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

The U.S. boasts one of the most robust civil societies in the world. Don't put that at risk in order to serve the shortsighted ...

Federal Court Halts Enforcement of New Jersey Nonprofit Disclosure Law

October 8, 2019   •  By Ryan Morrison   •  , , ,

It was a good day for the First Amendment in New Jersey last week, as a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction to ...

New York Nonprofit Disclosure Law Struck Down in Win for Privacy in Association

October 7, 2019   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , , ,

Last week, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down a significant victory for First Amendment rights. In ...

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