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…

Pandemic Gives Incumbents Yet Another Advantage Over Challengers

May 4, 2020   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , ,

The current public health crisis magnifies the disparity between challengers and incumbents. The entire country is almost singularly focused on the impact of COVID-19, ...

Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants

April 1, 2020   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, the use of automatic dialing or prerecorded calls to cell phones is generally prohibited. The Federal ...

Super PAC Rejections Hurt Democratic Primary

March 26, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on March 26, 2020.    The 2020 Democratic presidential primary began with over 20 governors, senators, congressmen, and political ...

Bloomberg Campaign Shows Why Contribution Limits Should Be Eliminated

March 19, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

The obvious next step in the march towards truly free election campaigns is to remove all contribution limits. If billionaires like Bloomberg can contribute ...

Voters Aren’t For Sale

March 13, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in City Journal on March 12, 2020.    The political world is practically giddy at the failed campaigns of Michael ...

Bloomberg Slayed the Myth That Money Buys Elections

March 5, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on March 5, 2020.    The dragons of myth were not slain by fearless knights, but by reality. ...

Tom Steyer’s failed campaign shows money can’t buy votes

March 2, 2020   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 2, 2020.    There’s a lot more to winning elections than dominating the airwaves. ...

Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg

February 24, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

This piece, co-authored with John R. Lott Jr., originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on February 24, 2020.    House Democrats held a ...

Comments to FEC on REG 2019-01

September 30, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech respectfully submits the following comments regarding the Notification of Availability on a Petition for Rulemaking to amend the definition ...

Comments to FEC in Support of AOR 2019-12 (Area 1 Security, Inc. II)

June 24, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  ,

The Federal Election Commission has the opportunity to clarify that candidate and party committees may make use of any commercially-available tool at its commercially-available ...

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