Supreme Court: Upholding Free Political Speech

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Questions about free speech and the First Amendment are often decided at the Supreme Court. Over the years, the Court has dealt with such contentious political speech cases as flag burning, campaign spending limits, and banning political films. While there is typically some disagreement on the Court on any individual case, the Court has long held that for any political…

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 ...

Supreme Court restores privacy in smackdown of California

July 6, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , ,

When you join with others in support of a cause, state officials don’t have a right to track you. That’s the upshot of last ...

Congressional Democrats’ Court-Picking (Not Packing) Scheme

May 10, 2021   •  By Alan Gura   •  , ,

Congress probably won’t pack the Supreme Court. But court picking poses a real threat to Americans’ rights. Court picking is when Congress uses its authority over federal-court ...

California’s donor lists demand is a First Amendment crisis

April 26, 2021   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on April 26, 2021.   Can state officials demand to know what organizations you join and what charities ...

Looking Ahead: Major Free Speech Developments to Expect Throughout Remainder of 2021

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April 22, 2021   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , , , , ,

Last year, the Institute for Free Speech pointed to several trends likely to impact Americans’ political speech rights. Unfortunately, efforts to restrict speech, press, ...

Feds: Want A Tax Deduction? Give Up Your First Amendment Rights.

March 30, 2021   •  By Barnaby Zall   •  ,

Want a tax deduction or tax exemption? The Solicitor General of the United States says the price of that “governmental subsidy” or “voluntary tax-benefit ...

Individuals of All Beliefs Benefit from Strong Privacy Protections

February 23, 2021   •  By Jeremy Talcott   •  , , , ,

On January 8, the Supreme Court accepted Americans For Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra for review. The Court’s ruling in this case will have substantial ...

IFS, CAIR Team Up to Protest Ninth Circuit Decision

November 30, 2020   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

When it comes to success in the courts, the rules of access matter just as much as judicial precedents or the judges on the ...

Rentberry, Inc., et al. v. City of Seattle

November 23, 2020   •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The majority of circuits in the nation allow a plea for nominal damages to serve as an exception to the mootness doctrine. In Uzuegbunam, ...

Without Citizens United, that new Borat movie would be illegal

November 2, 2020   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

Fans of the new Borat sequel should thank the Supreme Court’s much-maligned and misunderstood Citizens United decision. Without that ruling, America would resemble the autocratic regime in Borat’s ...

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