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Right to Petition: The Freedom to Speak to the Government

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The First Amendment guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” While the right to petition the government is inextricably linked with the right to free political speech, it is nonetheless a crucial part of the Constitution of its own accord….

Campbell v. Pennsylvania School Boards Association

April 16, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Supreme Court should grant review in this important case to protect petition rights and the speech of individuals from government actors filing frivolous ...

“For the People Act” gives politicians more power, curtails speech

The threats to free speech in the so-called “For the People Act” span hundreds of pages and are too numerous to cover in their ...

Highlights of First Amendment-Related Exchanges Between Judge Barrett and Senate Judiciary Committee Members

The Institute for Free Speech reviewed transcripts of Judge Barrett’s answers to questions from members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during days two ...

Despite 14 Years on State and Federal Courts of Appeal, Judge Barbara Lagoa Has Ruled on Few First Amendment-Related Cases

September 22, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , , ,

According to news reports, Judge Barbara Lagoa, currently serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, is on the President’s ...

Court Rebuffs Attempt To Make Politically Engaged Missourian Register As A Lobbyist

January 28, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in The Federalist on January 28, 2020.   Nobody likes lobbyists, except maybe their families. Whether associated with self-interested men ...

Ending your right to petition the government as we know it

November 25, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

The best way to fight corruption is to protect freedom of speech and the right to vote.

Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Proposal Would Silence Dissent

October 3, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The consistent theme throughout plans such as Warren’s is that the federal government should be more muscular and more active in limiting political participation.

Simple, Bipartisan, and Unconstitutional: Cruz-Ocasio-Cortez Lobbying Ban Violates First Amendment

June 3, 2019   •  By Zac Morgan   •  ,

Among the litany of ills that Twitter has been blamed for, perhaps we can add another (more concrete) one: the genesis of plainly unconstitutional ...

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 ...

First Amendment Concerns Regarding Oklahoma Ethics Commission Amendment 2019-02

January 10, 2019   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , , ,

The Institute is seriously concerned that both proposals for Amendment 2019-02 raise significant questions under the First Amendment. Each runs counter to landmark federal ...

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