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…

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 ...

Multnomah County, et al. v. Mehrwein, et al.

October 3, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , , ,

The Measure limits contributions to candidates and to groups making independent expenditures. The Oregon Supreme Court, however, has held that the Oregon constitution can ...

Americans For Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra

September 26, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

The First Amendment protects the right of all Americans to “to pursue their lawful private interests privately and to associate freely with others in ...

The summer of political harassment shows why privacy is essential

September 10, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The summer of 2019 was the summer of harassment for people who support candidates and causes.

Doxing Trump Donors Is Just the Beginning

August 14, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Even as disclosure laws have grown more expansive, technology has made them easier to abuse.

Round-Up: Commentary on Congressman’s Doxxing of Trump Supporters

August 7, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

On August 6, Congressman Joaquin Castro publicly exposed on Twitter the names and employers of private citizens who donated to the re-election campaign of ...

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