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Tax-Financed Campaigns: A Speech-Chilling, Costly, and Failed Policy

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

Tax-financed campaigns are government-operated programs that seek to replace or supplement private, voluntary campaign contributions with government grants of taxpayer dollars to candidates who meet certain requirements. These programs, often tagged with euphemistic names such as “democracy dollars” or “clean elections,” take many forms. Some provide tax dollars to candidates based on the donations they’ve received while other programs provide…

Misleading H.R. 1 Poll Manufactures Support for Limiting Speech

January 26, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , , , , ,

A new poll from progressive supporters of H.R. 1 misleads about the bill's impact and ignores the many restrictions the legislation imposes on First ...

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 ...

Taxpayer-financed campaigns could be an expensive mistake for New Yorkers

June 5, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

In the midst of a devastating pandemic and plummeting tax revenue, New York’s new budget law gives millions of tax dollars to politicians for ...

Biden’s Comments Ignore the Dirty Truth About “Clean Money”

April 2, 2020   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

At the most recent Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden played into the disproven narrative that taxpayer-financed campaigns improve democracy. Biden’s platform calls ...

DC Residents May Be Forced to Pay for Jack Evans’ Next Campaign

January 31, 2020   •  By Tyler Martinez   •  ,

Taxpayer-financed campaigns are a bad idea. The latest evidence comes from the D.C. Council, where longtime incumbent Jack Evans recently “resigned in disgrace” from ...

Albuquerque Voters Say No to Subsidizing Political Candidates

December 12, 2019   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , ,

On Election Day, Albuquerque residents registered their opinion on a ballot initiative that, if approved, would have forcibly used their tax dollars to finance ...

DNC Donor Requirement Displays Folly of Tinkering with Fundraising Incentives

June 12, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

For the 2020 election, the DNC has decided to try out a new requirement for its presidential primary contenders to qualify for the debates. ...

What Would H.R. 1 Mean for My Group?

PDF available here By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] One way to better understand how H.R. 1 would affect nonprofit civic and advocacy groups is ...

Letter to U.S. House of Representatives in Opposition to H.R. 1

The Institute for Free Speech writes in strong opposition to H.R. 1, the “For the People Act.” More appropriately known as the “For the ...

H.R. 1 Resource Guide (2019)

H.R. 1, better known as the “For the Politicians Act,” would institute sweeping new limitations on speech about campaigns and public affairs. In response, ...

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