Presidential Nominating Convention Accounts’ Expenditure Limit: A Cap on Political Expression

September 9, 2020   •  By Heather McGuire   •  , ,

Although the 2020 presidential nominating conventions have concluded, the national parties will be forced to navigate both expected, inflated costs and unexpected costs in ...

“Paid For By”: Principles for Accurate and Effective Political Ad Disclaimers in the 21st Century

July 13, 2020   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Policymakers should consider the following key principles for crafting requirements that promote accurate and effective disclaimers while minimizing costs to speech, privacy, and associational ...

Citizens United After 10 Years: More Speech, Better Democracy

January 16, 2020   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law in Citizens United that prohibited corporations and labor unions from independently voicing ...

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 ...

Regulating the Internet: A Dangerous Trend for Free Speech

August 9, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The First Amendment is facing a new threat in state legislatures. A spate of bills that would regulate political and issue advertising on the ...

Be on the Lookout: Four Red Flags in Bills that Will Chill Online Speech

August 9, 2018   •  By Eric Peterson   •  , ,

The Internet and social media outreach are more important than ever to campaigns. As a result, legislators face a temptation to regulate this growing ...

Four Constitutional Red Flags in State Disclosure Laws

August 7, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The First Amendment protects the right of Americans to associate privately with others. Nonprofits across America have long relied on this right to organize ...

NAACP v. Alabama: When “Transparency” Becomes Censorship

June 28, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , ,

The freedom to associate with others and speak as a group is foundational to democracy. Individuals rarely can change their society, government, or laws ...

Debunking Three Myths about the “Honest Ads Act”

May 30, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

The deceptively-named “Honest Ads Act” is a proposal in Congress that would increase regulations for paid political and issue advertising on the Internet – ...

First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti: Protecting the Right to Hear Others

April 26, 2018   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , ,

Can the government silence speech about an election simply because the speaker is a corporation? Can it deny voters the opportunity to hear a ...

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