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Political Parties: Vehicles for Political Association

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Political parties have been an important actor in American politics since this country’s founding. Parties have been a boon to First Amendment freedoms of political speech and association. They’ve allowed individuals to join together and speak with one voice about the issues of the day. They’ve allowed candidates to associate with a brand and more easily convey their message to…

H.R. 1’s Tax-Financing Program Could Increase Political Polarization

January 17, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act of 2019,” is much better understood as the “For the Politicians Act” due to ...

Libertarian National Committee, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission

September 12, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Congress has required this Court, sitting en banc, to hear constitutional challenges to the Federal Election Campaign Act in the first instance. This is ...

Bruce Chapman’s Newest Book Shows How the Anti-Speech Lobby has Damaged Citizen Participation in Politics

July 25, 2018   •  By Eric Peterson   •  ,

What kind of people do we want running the government? Former Washington Secretary of State, diplomat, and current Chairman of the Board of the ...

Tenth Circuit Ruling Threatens Freedom of Association: Says Government Can Tell Parties How to Choose Their Leaders

June 1, 2018   •  By Owen Yeates   •  ,

Can the government control a private organization’s identity, leaders, and message? In a decision threatening all three of these First Amendment liberties, a divided ...

Utah Republican Party v. Cox

April 25, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Supreme Court can reinforce free speech with Rod Blagojevich case

April 11, 2018   •  By Thomas Wheatley   •  , , , ,

Five years into his jail sentence for corruption, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is down to his last appeal, now at the U.S. Supreme ...

Decrying “Out-of-State” Spending Only Further Divides Americans

January 11, 2018   •  By Joe Albanese   •  , ,

We live in politically polarized times – that’s about the one thing most Americans can agree on. A more contentious question is what – ...

Brookings Report Examines How Parties Have Weakened in Relation to Independent Groups

December 20, 2017   •  By Joe Albanese   •  , ,

Earlier this month, Jonathan Rauch – a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution – and Raymond J. La Raja – an ...

Is the Supreme Court about to give state and local political parties a boost?

May 10, 2017   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

By Bradley A. Smith As part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance "reform" of 2002, virtually everything these local parties do was brought into the web ...

AEI Panel Explores the Reasons for Congressional Gridlock

May 8, 2017   •  By Joe Albanese   •  ,

On Monday, the American Enterprise Institute hosted an event titled “Is Congress Broken?” It featured contributing authors and editors of a book by the ...

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