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…

Democrats Are Looking To Make The FEC A Lot More Partisan

May 24, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

The FEC’s bipartisan and deliberative structure is critical for an agency that regulates sensitive core First Amendment-protected activities.

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018–05

April 15, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , ,

On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech, we respectfully submit the following in response to the Federal Election Commission’s request for comments on ...

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 ...

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives in Opposition to H.R. 1

The Institute for Free Speech writes in strong opposition to H.R. 1, the “For the People Act.” More appropriately known as the “For the ...

H.R. 1 Resource Guide

H.R. 1, better known as the “For the Politicians Act,” would institute sweeping new limitations on speech about campaigns and public affairs. In response, ...

Testimony of David Keating Before the U.S. House Committee on House Administration on H.R. 1

One way to understand how H.R. 1 would harm nonprofit civic and advocacy groups is to apply its provisions to common advocacy and operating ...

H.R. 1 Would Undo Watergate-Era Protections Against Government Interference in Election Campaigns

February 13, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

This portion of the bill will further enhance the role of the federal government in election campaigns. Tax-financing will increase the risk that partisan ...

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