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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….

Volunteers May Not Need to Register as Lobbyists, Eighth Circuit to Review

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January 29, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech applauds the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals’ significant and unusual decision to rehear Calzone v. Missouri Ethics ...

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 ...

First Amendment Concerns with Oklahoma Ethics Commission Amendment 2019-02

December 14, 2018   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , ,

Yesterday evening, with mere minutes remaining in the work day, the Ethics Commission released draft language for Amendment 2019-02. The proposed amendment would significantly ...

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 ...

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