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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….

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 ...

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 ...

Nieves v. Bartlett

The Supreme Court should reject any mode of analysis for First Amendment retaliatory arrest claims that permits official conduct to go unchecked that is ...

Government Should Not Enable Political Violence

August 30, 2018   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , ,

Earlier this month, the Berkeley Police Department published on Twitter the names, photos, ages, and cities of residence of protesters arrested at a “No ...

An Update on the Records of Judges Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge

July 3, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Multiple news accounts, including this one in Sunday’s Washington Post, report that President Donald Trump’s shortlist includes U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett ...

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