Default Article

Political Spending: Civic Engagement is Not a Threat to Democracy

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The First Amendment guarantees every American freedom of speech. That freedom includes the right to spend money on speech. Without money, a political group cannot buy ads, print fliers, organize protests, or hire staff. Short of shouting one’s opinions on a street corner, it takes money to spread a message. Recognizing this relationship, the Supreme Court has long prohibited the…

Issue Analysis No. 12: Did Citizens United Harm Political Participation?

September 20, 2021   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , ,

When the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, many critics argued it would have a devastating impact on democracy. This analysis ...

Nina Turner’s Self-Serving Campaign Finance Myth

August 5, 2021   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , , ,

In Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Ohio, former State Senator Nina Turner was defeated by Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown. Turner blamed her loss on ...

Issue Analysis No. 11: Do Out-of-State Donations Lead to Electoral Success?

July 21, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , ,

This study suggests that out-of-state campaign donations are not as indicative of potential election outcomes as in-state dollars may be. Efforts to limit out-of-state ...

Assumptions Gone Awry: New Book Casts Further Doubt on “Appearance of Corruption” Legal Standard

In an insightful new book, The Appearance of Corruption: Testing the Supreme Court’s Assumptions about Campaign Finance Reform, three political scientists examine the Court's ...

Misunderstanding Corporate PACs: The Media’s Mistaken Target

March 17, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , ,

In the aftermath of the Capitol riot, media outlets have increased their focus on an often-misunderstood vehicle for political contributions – corporate PACs. Misleading ...

H.R. 1 and S. 1 Resource Guide (2021)

H.R. 1 and S. 1 would impose sweeping new restrictions on speech about campaigns and public affairs. The Institute for Free Speech has created ...

Top 4 Money in Politics Takeaways from the 2020 Election Cycle

December 15, 2020   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , , ,

If money suppresses turnout, it’s apparently quite bad at it – even worse if it purports to buy elections. If 2020 has shown us ...

Round-Up: 2020 Elections Demonstrate Money Doesn’t Buy Success at the Polls

December 10, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Perhaps the clearest lesson to emerge from the November 2020 election results is that money can’t buy votes. We compiled links to notable reporting ...

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 ...

Presidential Nominating Convention Accounts’ Expenditure Limit: A Cap on Political Expression

September 9, 2020   •  By Heather McGuire   •  , ,

Although the 2020 presidential nominating conventions have concluded, the national parties will be forced to navigate both expected, inflated costs and unexpected costs in ...

Load more