Free Speech Rights of Publicly Funded Candidates Upheld by Connecticut Supreme Court

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May 20, 2024   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The decision, years in the making, affirms that candidates have a First Amendment right to discuss issues and policies without fear of penalty for ...

Connecticut State Agency Defends Fines for Mentioning the Governor. IFS Defends the First Amendment.

December 28, 2021   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Imagine if federal law prevented 2020 congressional candidates from speaking to voters about their views on the Trump administration’s agenda or barred those seeking ...

Candidates Fined for Criticizing Governor’s Agenda Will Get Their Day in Court

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After seven years, a Connecticut court will finally rule on a First Amendment challenge brought by two former General Assembly candidates who were fined ...

Analysis of Connecticut H.B. 7329 (2019)

May 7, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , ,

H.B. 7329 would impose unclear reporting burdens on Connecticut residents speaking about issues of public importance in the state. The bill would also worsen ...

Statement on Dismissal of Markley and Sampson v. SEEC

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August 3, 2018   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to a Connecticut court’s decision to dismiss as untimely our ...

Markley and Sampson v. SEEC

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June 11, 2018   •  By IFS staff   •  , , ,

Can a candidate for the Connecticut General Assembly send a mailer opposing the policies of the governor? That is the question at the center ...

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Connecticut House Bill 5589

April 14, 2017   •  By Zac Morgan   •  , , ,

In particular, H.B. 5589 explicitly imposes a limit on contributions to organizations making only independent expenditures. This provision directly contravenes the universal guidance of ...

Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Connecticut Senate Bill 1126 (as Substituted)

April 16, 2015   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

This legislation would treat an expansive universe of activities having absolutely nothing to do with elections as potentially being coordinated spending with a candidate, ...

Connecticut Aggregate Limit Statute Likely Unconstitutional under McCutcheon

April 29, 2014   •  By Joe Trotter   •  , ,

With the 2014 elections rapidly approaching, we urge you to take quick action to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. ...

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