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Issue Advocacy: A Cornerstone of Democracy

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The First Amendment protects speech from burdensome government regulation. Until the 1970s, federal law largely did not regulate either campaign speech or issue speech by advocacy groups. That changed with the adoption of the Federal Election Campaign Act. The Act attempted to regulate any speech “relative to a clearly identified candidate.” This law, and the subsequent Supreme Court decision Buckley…

Free Speech Index

The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to present the Free Speech Index: A first-of-its-kind analysis of laws restricting speech about government in all ...

Sheldon Whitehouse’s DISCLOSE Act would not have prevented Jan. 6

June 27, 2022   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , ,

This reflects either a remarkable ignorance of or a flat-out disregard for what those existing laws regulate. This is also why the DISCLOSE Act ...

When They Attack ‘Dark Money,’ They’re Really Attacking Free Speech

March 25, 2022   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

By adopting Democrats' strategy of attacking so-called dark money groups at this week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Republican senators are fueling ...

President Biden Asks Congress to Censor Political Speech in First State of the Union Address

March 9, 2022   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , , , , ,

The State of the Union address is the president’s yearly opportunity to discuss solutions to the nation’s toughest problems before Congress. In President Joe ...

LTE: Who Knew I Was Friends With Bull Connor?

January 23, 2022   •  By David Keating   •  , , , ,

Much of the Freedom to Vote Act has nothing to do with voting. Nearly 200 pages of it propose an unprecedented assault on free ...

This “Free Speech Week,” Senate Dems Vote for Political Speech Restrictions

October 21, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , , , ,

Some federal lawmakers have stopped at nothing this year to advance their bundle of political speech restrictions, now as S. 2747, the so-called “Freedom ...

The Freedom to Vote Act is remarkably anti-voter

October 19, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

Yet, the so-called Freedom to Vote Act, which is expected to receive a vote in the Senate this week, would restrict our right to ...

City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas

September 29, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Austin has limited digitized billboards to only those that display “on-premises” messages, effectively prohibiting ideological or abstract messages. Austin raises various excuses to conceal ...

Alaska Policy Forum v. Alaska Public Offices Commission

August 11, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Think tanks have a First Amendment right to educate the public about their views and advocate for the policies they believe are best. States ...

If Corporations Can Speak, Then They Can Speak Freely

July 27, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

When the Georgia General Assembly took on voting rules in March, partisan attitudes toward corporate speech rights inverted, with Republicans now opposed and Democrats ...

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