By Peter Overby
The Trump administration has weakened a donor disclosure rule for tax-exempt groups, possibly letting more foreign cash into U.S. politics – and complicating the confirmation of a new IRS commissioner.
(Featuring Institute for Free Speech President David Keating)
By Peter Overby
Capital Research Center: InfluenceWatch Podcast Episode #33: The IRS Protects Free Speech? (In the News)
In this episode: Today we’re joined by Luke Wachob of the Institute for Free Speech to discuss the battle to protect anonymous political speech. This week the Treasury Department announced a victory that helps protect anonymity in IRS reporting, in an example of how small regulation changes can hugely protect freedom.
It’s been 60 years since the historic NAACP vs. Alabama Supreme Court decision. Here is why it still matters today.
(Ed. Note: Institute for Free Speech Chairman and Founder Bradley A. Smith discusses the importance of the decision with Eva McKend of Spectrum News)
Red Meat Radio: Rebel Yell: Of Founders, Dark Money, And Private Association (Smith, Fox) (In the News)
State Auditor John Dougall and Sasha Clark (co-founder, Dicio Group) talk with Capital University Law School Professor Bradley Smith, one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance. Smith discusses the 60th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in NAACP v. Alabama. He also discusses the proper and improper use of transparency. To learn more about the Institute For Free Speech, see ifs.org.
Sources tell Fox News that at least one of Michael Cohen’s phones was monitored with a device that records phone numbers dialed; reaction to wiretap report and Stormy Daniels settlement payment on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
[Ed. Note: Institute for Free Speech Chairman and Founder Bradley A. Smith joins the panel to discuss the campaign finance law implications of the payment to Stormy Daniels.]
WGN Radio Chicago: Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Professor Melissa Michelson on James Comey, David Keating on Blagojevich and much more (In the News)
Institute for Free Speech President David Keating discusses the Supreme Court refusing to hear former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal.
David Keating, President of the Institute for Free Speech, discusses his organization’s Free Speech Index, which details how well each state protects the First Amendment right to engage in political speech and assesses the harmful restrictions on political speech adopted by some of the states.
The Right Scoop: Former FEC Chairman tells Mark Levin why Stormy Daniels hush money cannot be an in kind campaign contribution (In the News)
Last night Mark Levin interviewed a former FEC Chairman who explained why a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels cannot be considered an in kind contribution to the Trump campaign, thus violating campaign finance law…
Here’s a snippet quote from Professor Bradley Smith in the interview to wet your whistle:
“When the FEC wrote the regulation that says what constitutes campaign expenditures and what constitutes personal use, it rejected specifically the idea that a campaign expenditure was anything related to a campaign, and instead says it has to be something that exists only because of the campaign and solely for that reason.”
You really should listen to at least the first few minutes of the clip where Smith makes his main argument as to why these payments can’t be considered in kind contributions. The above quote, just fyi, came toward the end of the interview when discussing what the judge who approved the warrant might not know about the FEC regulations.
By Steve Goldstein
In the post-Citizens United era, money spent on campaigns and elections has grown dramatically.
That has led to some declaring that there shouldn’t be limits on how much an individual or corporation can dole out, while others believe it’s time to react with deeper restrictions.
To clarify how states have responded, the Institute for Free Speech has released its first Free Speech Index, which grades the 50 states on political giving freedom.
David Keating, president of the institute, joined The Show to talk about the new index.
630 KHOW Denver (The Ross Kaminsky Show): The Rundown-Thurs 3/29: Stifling political speech in Colorado (In the News)
The Institute for Free Speech has done a study of all 50 states’ freedom of political speech based on the ability of individuals and companies and political parties to contribute to the candidates of our choice. Colorado got an F as one of the very worst states in the nation when it comes to this kind of freedom. I’ve been talking about this for a while. We’ll talk with David Keating of IFS about their study.