Coronavirus and Mass Protests Demonstrate Need to Proactively Protect First Amendment Rights

June 30, 2020   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , , ,

It is not enough just to try and protect free speech during an emergency. Rather, it is essential that, in advance of an emergency, ...

Together Apart: During Pandemic, Online Groups Are More Important Than Ever

April 17, 2020   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , ,

Although the COVID-19 crisis has made “social distancing” our national mantra, the only separation we need is physical. Thanks to the internet, we can ...

Celebrate super PACs, legalized 10 years ago today

March 26, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 26, 2020.    What if the federal government dictated how much of your money you ...

National Association for Gun Rights v. Mangan

January 22, 2020   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

“Speech concerning public affairs is more than self-expression; it is the essence of self government[,]” and heightened constitutional protections apply to such expressions regardless ...

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 ...

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