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Super PACs: Expanding Freedom of Speech

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Super PACs are simply groups of like-minded citizens pooling their resources to support or oppose political candidates independently of those candidates’ campaigns. The product of a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals decision in SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission, super PACs have ensured that Americans do not lose their First Amendment rights when they join together in groups. Super PACs are…

Super PAC Rejections Hurt Democratic Primary

March 26, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on March 26, 2020.    The 2020 Democratic presidential primary began with over 20 governors, senators, congressmen, and political ...

Celebrate super PACs, legalized 10 years ago today

March 26, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 26, 2020.    What if the federal government dictated how much of your money you ...

Multnomah County, et al. v. Mehrwein, et al.

October 3, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , , ,

The Measure limits contributions to candidates and to groups making independent expenditures. The Oregon Supreme Court, however, has held that the Oregon constitution can ...

Campaign Finance Law Has No Answer for Trump’s Celebrity

June 20, 2019   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

While government has no role to play in dictating how media outlets cover elections, the unique advantages of celebrity candidates make a case for ...

Democrats’ Anti-Super PAC Rhetoric Hurts Democratic Voters

April 25, 2019   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Super PACs are good for democracy. This statement should not be controversial, but sadly, political realities have made it so.

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 ...

Testimony of David Keating Before the U.S. House Committee on House Administration on H.R. 1

One way to understand how H.R. 1 would harm nonprofit civic and advocacy groups is to apply its provisions to common advocacy and operating ...

Testimony of Bradley A. Smith Before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on H.R. 1

February 6, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , , , , , ,

Despite proponents’ insistence that H.R. 1 is “For the People,” the bill is anything but. More appropriately labeled the “For the Politicians Act,” H.R. ...

Analysis of H.R. 1 (Part Three)

February 5, 2019   •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

PDF of Legislative Brief available here Analysis of H.R. 1 (Part Three): New Restrictions Target Speech by All Groups Under the Guise of “Stopping ...

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-16

January 31, 2019   •  By Allen Dickerson   •  , , ,

On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech (“Institute”), we respectfully submit the following in response to the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC” or “Commission”) ...

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