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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…

Federal Court Halts Enforcement of New Jersey Nonprofit Disclosure Law

October 8, 2019   •  By Ryan Morrison   •  , , ,

It was a good day for the First Amendment in New Jersey last week, as a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction to ...

New York Nonprofit Disclosure Law Struck Down in Win for Privacy in Association

October 7, 2019   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , , ,

Last week, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York handed down a significant victory for First Amendment rights. In ...

New Anti-Privacy Law Could Seriously Harm New Jersey Organizations

June 25, 2019   •  By Meghan Brandabur   •  , , ,

On June 17, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed S. 150, sweeping legislation that requires nonprofit groups that speak about issues of public importance ...

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 ...

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.” ...

A Survey of Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws in the 50 States, District of Columbia, New York City, and Seattle

March 19, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech (“IFS”) has reviewed the laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and Seattle regulating ...

Analysis of Arkansas H.B. 1705 (2019)

March 18, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech provides the following analysis of H.B. 1705, which would impose sweeping new regulations on speech deemed to somehow “influence” ...

Constitutional and Practical Issues with New Jersey A. 1524

March 15, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

A. 1524 would subject advocacy groups to unconstitutionally vague, broad, and invasive new “disclosure” requirements for merely providing factual information to their members and ...

Constitutional and Practical Concerns with Idaho S. 1183

March 11, 2019   •  By Tyler Martinez   •  , , , ,

While we appreciate the Committee’s consideration of the concerns expressed by the Institute for Free Speech and others, the changes in S. 1183 are ...

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 ...

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