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…

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 ...

The First Amendment Is Lucky to Have Mitch McConnell

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell hammered the first nail into the coffin of the draconian S. 1 legislation on Wednesday, announcing that the Democrats’ 800-plus-page rewrite of ...

Senators embarrass themselves defending S.1 bill’s assault on free speech

How do you defend a bill that would subsidize politicians' campaigns, expose people to harassment for their beliefs, and impose a partisan takeover of ...

Congressional Democrats’ Court-Picking (Not Packing) Scheme

May 10, 2021   •  By Alan Gura   •  , ,

Congress probably won’t pack the Supreme Court. But court picking poses a real threat to Americans’ rights. Court picking is when Congress uses its authority over federal-court ...

Hetherington v. Madden

April 15, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Kells Hetherington and the Institute for Free Speech filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Florida law that punishes candidates for nonpartisan offices from mentioning ...

Democrats push unconstitutional anti-free speech election law

April 8, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

The Democratic Party's election overhaul bill, S. 1, includes numerous provisions of dubious constitutionality, but one in particular stands out. Its regulations on websites ...

How the For the People Act could supercharge cancel culture

April 2, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , , ,

Many of H.R. 1's provisions would expose supporters of controversial causes, providing new ways to dox people and turbocharging an already malignant cancel culture.

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