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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…

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 ...

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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