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Promotions for Three Staffers at the Institute for Free Speech

Institute Names Research Director, Communications Director, Media Manager Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) today announced promotions for three staffers. Scott Blackburn, Luke Wachob, and Alex Baiocco will now serve as Research Director, Communications Director, and Media Manager, respectively. “This is a great opportunity to expand IFS’s research portfolio,” said Blackburn, who […]

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Institute for Free Speech Welcomes Senior Attorney Parker Douglas to Legal Team

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech (IFS) is pleased to welcome Parker Douglas to its legal team as a Senior Attorney. Parker’s addition to the staff will enable IFS to expand its litigation efforts to protect the political rights to free speech, press, assembly, and petition guaranteed by the First Amendment. “We are excited […]

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Court Agrees with IFS, Rejects $18 Million Campaign Finance Fine

Alexandria, VA – The Court of Appeals for the State of Washington Division II yesterday overturned part of a lower court decision that imposed an $18 million fine for a campaign finance violation. The court agreed with an Institute for Free Speech amicus brief in the case that argued the violation was not intentional as a […]

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Analysis: North Dakota Ballot Measure Raises First Amendment Concerns

Initiative Could Require News Media to File Reports with the State; Contains Potentially Vague and Overbroad Provisions Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released an analysis today of a proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment on the ballot in November that says the initiative could create new risks for individuals and groups who speak about […]

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Statement on Dismissal of Markley and Sampson v. SEEC

Case poses ‘significant’ First Amendment questions Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to a Connecticut court’s decision to dismiss as untimely our clients’ appeal of an administrative ruling that effectively censored candidate campaign ads. “Today’s ruling lets the government off the hook for stringing along our clients […]

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IFS Praises IRS Reforms to Protect Donor Information

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, released the following statement praising Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision to modify IRS regulations to no longer require the names and addresses of donors on Schedule B of the tax forms filed by certain groups organized under Section 501(c) of the tax […]

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Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, applauds President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as a nominee for the Supreme Court. “Justice Kennedy was a great friend to free speech in the political arena – the core of […]

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FEC Should Not Dictate What Types of Ads Speakers Use

Legal Director Allen Dickerson Testifies at Hearing on Internet Ad Disclaimers Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech Legal Director Allen Dickerson urged the Federal Election Commission to adopt flexible rules for online ad disclaimers at an FEC hearing Wednesday morning. “Americans must be able to use any commercially available advertising product to promote a political […]

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Connecticut Legislators Challenge Censorship of Campaign Ads

Joe Markley and Rob Sampson sue the State Elections Enforcement Commission after being fined for discussing the governor’s policies in mailers Alexandria, VA – For voters, what information about legislative candidates could be more important than knowing their views on the governor’s key policies? Yet the state of Connecticut has fined two General Assembly members simply […]

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FEC Should Avoid Overburdening Online Political Ads

Comments filed by IFS urge the Commission to respect free speech online Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech filed comments Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to the agency’s March 26 announcement proposing revisions to disclaimer regulations as applied to public communications over the Internet. The Institute’s comments remind the FEC not to […]

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