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…

Hetherington v. Lee

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 ...

Testimony of Bradley A. Smith Before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on S. 1

The Institute for Free Speech writes to express serious concerns about the devastating effect H.R. 1 would have on Americans’ freedom of speech and ...

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

The Institute for Free Speech strongly opposes H.R. 1, the Orwellian “For the People Act.” More appropriately known as the “For the Politicians Act,” ...

Letter to U.S. House Administration Committee on H.R. 1’s Harms to Speech and Assembly Rights

The Institute for Free Speech writes to express serious concerns about the devastating effect H.R. 1 would have on Americans’ freedom of speech and ...

Nine Former FEC Commissioners Warn of “Ruinous Effect” of H.R. 1 and S. 1

February 9, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , ,

Nine former FEC commissioners fiercely criticized both H.R. 1 and S. 1 in a letter to Congressional leaders. The deceptively named “For the People ...

Misleading H.R. 1 Poll Manufactures Support for Limiting Speech

January 26, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , , , , ,

A new poll from progressive supporters of H.R. 1 misleads about the bill's impact and ignores the many restrictions the legislation imposes on First ...

H.R. 1 and S. 1 Resource Guide (2021)

H.R. 1 and S. 1 would impose sweeping new restrictions on speech about campaigns and public affairs. The Institute for Free Speech has created ...

Stunning Findings on Campaign-Finance Law

November 23, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , , ,

Well, you’d be wrong, as we’re reminded by David M. Primo and Jeffrey D. Milyo’s latest work, Campaign Finance and American Democracy: What the Public ...

Letter to Londonderry, New Hampshire Town Council Concerning Councilors’ First Amendment Rights

October 23, 2020   •  By Owen Yeates   •  , , ,

The Londonderry, New Hampshire Town Council has warned Town Councilors that they are not to comment on public matters on social media or in ...

Should Campaign Consultants and Public Opinion Polls Decide Which Political Speech Receives First Amendment Protection?

September 28, 2020   •  By Barnaby Zall   •  , , ,

There’s a new book out by Professors David Primo and Jeffrey Milyo on a fundamental issue in First Amendment law. The authors find that ...

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