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…

Wisconsin Family Action v. Federal Election Commission

December 2, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

A Wisconsin nonprofit filed a federal lawsuit that aims to stop a massive expansion of the Federal Election Commission’s donor disclosure mandates for nonprofit ...

Another Day, Another (Employee PAC) Dollar Misrepresented

October 27, 2021   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , , ,

Welcome to another absurd yet completely predictable installment of misusing disclosure data. This time, it’s the media outlet Axios misusing data and misleading the ...

This “Free Speech Week,” Senate Dems Vote for Political Speech Restrictions

October 21, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , , , ,

Some federal lawmakers have stopped at nothing this year to advance their bundle of political speech restrictions, now as S. 2747, the so-called “Freedom ...

Comments to the FEC on Notice of Availability of Rulemaking Petition Regarding Subvendor Reporting

October 4, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Before embarking on a rulemaking placing new, burdensome regulations on businesses, political committees, and entities making independent expenditures and electioneering communications, the Commission must ...

What AFPF v. Bonta means for nonprofits and donors

October 1, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , , ,

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in July that California could not require charities and other nonprofit organizations to submit an annual ...

Cancel Culture Is a Threat to Everyone

September 22, 2021   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , ,

Our political debate has become supercharged with polarization and vitriol. Recent cancellations have shown the threat cancel culture poses to free expression and highlight ...

This Constitution Day, Thank the Supreme Court for Protecting Americans Who Give

September 16, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , , ,

On Constitution Day, Americans should take time to celebrate the fantastic victory for First Amendment rights that took place at the Supreme Court this ...

Washington Supreme Court Should Override $18 Million Chill on Political Speech

September 7, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech urged the Washington State Supreme Court to overturn an unprecedented $18 million fine against the Grocery Manufacturers Association for ...

Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta: Questions and Answers

August 30, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , , ,

This primer answers common questions about the Supreme Court's decision in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, its immediate impact on nonprofits, and possible ...

State of Washington v. Grocery Manufacturers Association

August 13, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Can a group be fined $18 million for not properly filing campaign finance reports? The Institute for Free Speech argues that such a massive ...

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