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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 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…

LTE: We shouldn’t be limited in pooling our money in political speech

April 21, 2023   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

Your recent editorial (“Ways to combat dark money in Massachusetts politics,” Opinion, April 13) missed the mark in citing Attorney General Maura Healey for not advancing ...

Free Speech Index

The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to present the Free Speech Index: Grading the 50 States on the Freedom To Speak About Government. ...

12 Years Later, the FEC Finally Agrees to Acknowledge Super PACs

FEC Form 1 2022
January 13, 2022   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

Super PACs came into existence in 2010 – that’s twelve years ago. They have spent roughly $5 billion dollars since that time, leaving their ...

FEC Should Update Form 1 to Acknowledge Super PACs and Hybrid Committees

January 13, 2022   •  By David Keating   •  , ,

This morning the Federal Election Commission will consider Chairman Allen Dickerson’s “Motion to Instruct the Staff to Prepare an Amended Form 1 Acknowledging Independent ...

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 ...

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

August 17, 2020   •  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 ...

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 ...

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.

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