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…

Another Reason to Simplify Campaign Laws: Allowing Free Rides to the Polls

November 6, 2018   •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

Three cheers for Uber and Lyft for offering discounted (and, in many cases, free) rides to voters on Election Day. It’s a shame that the law ...

Petition to FEC for Rulemaking to Revise 11 C.F.R. § 100.52

August 27, 2018   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , ,

Pursuant to 11 C.F.R. §§ 200.1-200.6, the Institute for Free Speech petitions the Federal Election Commission to conduct a rulemaking to amend the definition ...

Court Ruling on Independent Expenditures Creates New Risks for Groups

August 23, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , , ,

Update (10/5): On October 4, the FEC provided guidance following U.S. District Court decision in CREW v. FEC. Read the FEC’s guidance here. Update ...

FEC ‘compromise’ could threaten free speech online

July 16, 2018   •  By Eric Peterson   •  , ,

Is your freedom to use the Internet to express your political opinions about to change drastically? Depending on the actions of the Federal Election ...

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