A Survey of Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws in the 50 States, District of Columbia, New York City, and Seattle

March 19, 2019   •  By Eric Wang   •  , , , , ,

The Institute for Free Speech (“IFS”) has reviewed the laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, and Seattle regulating ...

Free Speech Index – Grading the 50 States on Political Giving Freedom

March 2, 2018   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

Foreword by Chairman Bradley A. Smith and President David Keating On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech, we are pleased to present Part ...

Issue Analysis No. 10: Do Taxpayer-Funded Campaigns Increase Political Competitiveness?

June 7, 2017   •  By Joe Albanese   •  ,

The Institute's tenth issue analysis examines the claim by proponents of taxpayer-funded political campaigns that such systems improve the political process by exposing incumbent ...

Self-Styled Campaign Finance “Reformers” Jump the Shark

December 6, 2016   •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

This Issue Brief tells the alarming story of radical activists and government leaders pushing for new restrictions on political speech in the wake of ...

Eternal Inconsistency: The Stunning Variability in, and Expedient Motives Behind the Tax Regulation of Nonprofit Advocacy Groups

June 10, 2015   •  By Matt Nese   •  ,

For many, a meeting of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations would not be expected to elicit much excitement. A typical audience for ...

The Udall Amendment: A Briefing Book

September 9, 2014   •  By Matt Nese   •  , ,

Senator Tom Udall’s (NM) S.J. Res. 19 would revoke nearly four decades of campaign finance jurisprudence from the Supreme Court and greatly reduce the quantity ...

Misusing Disclosure: How a Policy Intended to Increase Voter Knowledge Often Misleads the Public

August 18, 2014   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

Campaign finance disclosure laws generally require candidates, political parties, and citizen groups that primarily work to elect or defeat candidates, to register with the government ...

Overwhelmingly Opposed: An Analysis of Public and 955 Organization, Expert, and Public Official Comments on the IRS’s 501(c)(4) Rulemaking

July 21, 2014   •  By Matt Nese   •  ,

Beginning in March of 2010, the Internal Revenue Service began scrutinizing groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status using politically biased criteria.1 Those groups with names ...

Policy Primer: Campaign Contribution Limits – A Cap on Free Speech

July 18, 2014   •  By Matt Nese   •  , ,

There is a false perception that most states limit all forms of campaign contributions. While many states impose some limits on political giving, the reality ...

State False Statement Laws: Should the Government Act as the Truth Police?

July 17, 2014   •  By Matt Nese   •  , ,

Generally, false statement laws prohibit “false” speech about candidates or public officials (including their official voting records). Analogous libel and slander statutes – which also ...

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