First Amendment and Campaigns: More Campaign Speech Benefits Voters

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

At the heart of the First Amendment is the assumption that Americans are best served by a full and free discussion of whom to elect. The American system of government sits atop the bedrock of the First Amendment. From the pamphleteering of the founding era to the Facebook ads of today, political campaigns have been premised upon free and open…

Money’s Not Enough: The Stories Behind 2020 U.S. House Primary Money-Upsets

May 16, 2022   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

PDF available here Introduction As the 2022 midterm elections approach, we’ll no doubt see media pundits aiming to predict who will win based on ...

Connecticut State Agency Defends Fines for Mentioning the Governor. IFS Defends the First Amendment.

December 28, 2021   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Imagine if federal law prevented 2020 congressional candidates from speaking to voters about their views on the Trump administration’s agenda or barred those seeking ...

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 ...

Houston Community College System v. Wilson

September 24, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Most of the briefing in this case concerns a question the Court need not resolve: whether a pure censure resolution, imposed on a member ...

Washington Supreme Court Should Override $18 Million Chill on Political Speech

September 7, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech urged the Washington State Supreme Court to overturn an unprecedented $18 million fine against the Grocery Manufacturers Association for ...

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 ...

Issue Analysis No. 11: Do Out-of-State Donations Lead to Electoral Success?

July 21, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , ,

This study suggests that out-of-state campaign donations are not as indicative of potential election outcomes as in-state dollars may be. Efforts to limit out-of-state ...

School Board Candidate Wins Injunction Against Florida Censorship Scheme

July 20, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

A federal district court recently issued a preliminary injunction in Hetherington v. Madden. The court’s order prevents Florida officials from punishing our client, Kells ...

Assumptions Gone Awry: New Book Casts Further Doubt on “Appearance of Corruption” Legal Standard

In an insightful new book, The Appearance of Corruption: Testing the Supreme Court’s Assumptions about Campaign Finance Reform, three political scientists examine the Court's ...

Mobilize the Message, LLC v. Bonta

June 23, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

A California nonprofit, a political committee, and a company that provides door-knocking and signature gathering services argue that AB 5 violates the First Amendment because ...

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