Courts come to defense of free speech in New Jersey, New York

November 18, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

As legislatures and administrative bodies fight harder than ever to expose the identities of nonprofit donors, courts must step up to the challenge of ...

Coalition Letter on Civil Rights Concerns about Social Media Monitoring by Law Enforcement

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November 6, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Often covert and conducted without oversight, social media surveillance gives law enforcement agencies the ability to monitor and archive information on millions of people’s ...

Regulating Speakers Harms First Amendment Rights, Whether They’re Professional Journalists or Not

April 16, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

Those rightly concerned about the creation of a sham “Journalism Ethics Board” should be similarly concerned about the immense powers granted to agencies, like ...

Senate Democrats Exercise Their First Amendment Right to Demonize Americans Exercising Their First Amendment Rights

April 5, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , ,

Last week, Senate Democrats introduced their companion bill to the House’s recently passed H.R. 1, also known misleadingly as the “For the People Act.” ...

Crossroads GPS v. CREW, et al.

March 18, 2019   •  By IFS staff   •  , ,

In August 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down a 37-year old Federal Election Commission regulation that limited donor ...

Pulliam, et al. v. Austin, et al.

February 26, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute filed an amicus brief urging the court to limit the Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA”) under the First Amendment to situations where ...

A proactive measure to protect privacy

December 17, 2018   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

Enactment of the Personal Privacy Protection Act will be a victory for the First Amendment right to support the causes we believe in.

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance v. Sullivan

October 10, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Can the government hijack over 20 percent of an issue ad to promote the state’s message? Can it force a speaker to name five ...

Cato: NAACP v. Alabama and Associational Privacy (Podcast) (In the News)

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July 26, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Featuring Bradley A. Smith and Caleb O. Brown What does a decades-old ruling on the First Amendment tell us about the right of associational privacy ...

At 60, the NAACP’s victory for privacy rights must not be forgotten

July 3, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , ,

Margaret Mead famously observed that “a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” Yet when we consider the rights that protect ...

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