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…

From Rick Santorum to Beto O’Rourke, Federal Regulation Arbitrarily Criminalizes Candidates

April 2, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

Running for office and making speeches before one runs for office are core First Amendment rights. The FEC’s “testing the waters” rule unconstitutionally burdens ...

Crossroads GPS v. CREW, et al.

March 18, 2019   •  By IFS staff   •  , ,

In August 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down a 37-year old Federal Election Commission regulation that limited donor ...

Changing the campaign refs is the wrong call for democracy

March 11, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Unfortunately, the first bill proposed in the 2019 Congress will destroy the FEC’s bipartisanship.

What Would H.R. 1 Mean for My Group?

PDF available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] One way to better understand how H.R. 1 would affect nonprofit civic and advocacy groups is ...

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