FEC: An Agency Tasked with Regulating First Amendment Activity

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The Federal Election Commission is the independent agency charged with enforcing federal campaign finance law and enacting campaign finance regulations. The FEC was created after the Nixon Administration’s Justice Department pursued criminal campaign finance charges against the President’s critics. In light of that effort, Congress correctly rejected the idea of letting a future president effectively control a government agency tasked…

12 Years Later, the FEC Finally Agrees to Acknowledge Super PACs

FEC Form 1 2022
January 13, 2022   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

Super PACs came into existence in 2010 – that’s twelve years ago. They have spent roughly $5 billion dollars since that time, leaving their ...

FEC Should Update Form 1 to Acknowledge Super PACs and Hybrid Committees

January 13, 2022   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

This morning the Federal Election Commission will consider Chairman Allen Dickerson’s “Motion to Instruct the Staff to Prepare an Amended Form 1 Acknowledging Independent ...

Federal Election Commission v. Cruz

December 21, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Senator Ted Cruz’s victory over the Federal Election Commission in a loan-repayment case clarified important First Amendment principles. The Institute for Free Speech asked ...

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 ...

Democrats Propose a Federal Speech Czar

October 20, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Deep inside the Democrats’ latest “compromise” proposal on elections and campaign finance is a new cup of poison for free speech and fair campaigns. Of course, the sponsors ...

The Freedom to Vote Act is remarkably anti-voter

October 19, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

Yet, the so-called Freedom to Vote Act, which is expected to receive a vote in the Senate this week, would restrict our right to ...

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 ...

Campaign Legal Center v. Federal Election Commission (Due Process)

August 18, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech urged two federal judges to put a stop to unethical legal gamesmanship by members of the Federal Election Commission. ...

How Ted Cruz’s Fight with the FEC Could Benefit Free Speech for Everyone

August 12, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , ,

Senator Ted Cruz’s recent victory over the Federal Election Commission in a loan-repayment case clarified important First Amendment principles. The Institute for Free Speech ...

Transcript of the FEC Discussion of the Draft Statement of Policy Regarding Closing the File at the Initial Stage in the Enforcement Process

July 1, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

At a late April open meeting of the Federal Election Commission, the agency’s six commissioners discussed a proposed policy to close the file at ...

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