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…

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 ...

DNC Donor Requirement Displays Folly of Tinkering with Fundraising Incentives

June 12, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

For the 2020 election, the DNC has decided to try out a new requirement for its presidential primary contenders to qualify for the debates. ...

South Dakota Newspaper Association, et al. v. Barnett, et al.

Americans have the right to support or oppose state ballot measures, even if they are not residents of the state. This is the issue ...

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 ...

AOC Doesn’t Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

February 7, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

Presenting herself as the hypothetical “bad guy” trying to destroy democracy, Ocasio-Cortez spun a tale about how she could (among other things) “use my ...

IFS Chairman Brad Smith Corrects AOC on Campaign Finance Law (Video)

February 7, 2019   •  By IFS staff   •  , ,

IFS Chairman Bradley A. Smith corrects the record on a line of misleading questioning by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on current U.S. campaign finance laws.

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Colorado Senate Bill 19-068

January 28, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , , , ,

This legislation touches on fundamental First Amendment rights of speech, petition, and private association. S.B. 19-068 is, therefore, subject to “exacting scrutiny” – a heightened ...

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