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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…

Volunteers Are Lobbyists, Rules Eighth Circuit

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November 28, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , , ,

Alexandria, VA – Today, an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled, 2-1, that unpaid citizen activists can be forced to comply with the same ...

When Speech Bans Aren’t So Foreign

October 23, 2018   •  By Eric Peterson   •  , ,

Well before the 2018 midterms were underway, a number of social media companies were working to curb activity by foreigners aimed at influencing U.S. elections on their ...

Advocacy Groups: Made from Love

October 19, 2018   •  By Eric Peterson   •  , ,

Another day, another accusation about paid protesters. As the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process moved to its final stages, President Trump took to Twitter to ...

Institute for Free Speech Wins Legal Challenge, Publishes Analysis of South Dakota Constitutional Amendment W and Initiated Measure 24

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October 18, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Alexandria, VA – Following a federal court ruling, the Institute for Free Speech released its analysis of two South Dakota ballot measures that the ...

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