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Daily Media Links 7/17: U.S. Treasury Restricts Donor Disclosure Requirement for Some Nonprofit Groups, An IRS Advance for Speech Privacy, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech IFS Praises IRS Reforms to Protect Donor Information 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 […]

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Daily Media Links 7/16: Judge Kavanaugh and Justice Kennedy’s Free Speech Legacy, Money is not destiny, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: FEC ‘compromise’ could threaten free speech online By Eric Peterson The FEC recently heard testimony on two proposals to require disclaimers on online political advertisements. (My employer, the Institute for Free Speech, was one such group.) These dueling options concern only paid ads that specifically endorse or oppose a candidate for […]

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Daily Media Links 7/11: You’ll Hate This Post On Brett Kavanaugh And Free Speech, ‘Unmasking Antifa Act’ includes 15-year prison term proposal, and more…

In the News SCOTUSblog: Reactions to the Kavanaugh nomination By Andrew Hamm In reaction to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, politicians and interest groups are releasing statements. SCOTUS Watch is tracking “the public statements made by United States senators about how they plan to vote.” This post tracks the […]

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Daily Media Links 7/10: Judge Kavanaugh’s Principled Record On Free Speech, Brett Kavanaugh’s Discouraging Record on the First Amendment and ‘Commercial Speech,’ and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court 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 […]

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Daily Media Links 7/9: Trump Takes a Final Look at Supreme Court Choices, How Facebook Checks Facts and Polices Hate Speech, and more…

In the News Concurring Opinions: FAN 195.1 (First Amendment News) Institute for Free Speech Releases the Free Speech Records of Judges on Trump’s Short List By Ronald K.L. Collins The Institute for Free Speech has just released The Free Speech Records of Judges on Trump’s Short List. Here is the introduction to its study: “With Justice […]

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Daily Media Links 7/6: Critics concerned about power of initiative’s ethics panel, Trump Has Finalists for Supreme Court Pick, and more…

The Free Speech Records of Judges on Trump’s Short List  The Free Speech Record of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Part I By IFS Staff Judge Kavanaugh has seen his fair share of campaign finance and political speech cases. That’s for good reason. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he […]

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Daily Media Links 7/5: Trump Winnows Down Supreme Court Picks, Focusing on Three, Libertarians Can Continue Contribution Limits Challenge, and more…

The Free Speech Record of Judges on Trump’s Short List Judge Amul Thapar Broadly Supportive of the First Amendment By IFS Staff Despite a decade on the federal bench, Judge Thapar has rarely been called to rule upon First Amendment claims, particularly in the context of traditional political speech. While First Amendment claims have generally […]

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Daily Media Links 7/3: Google no longer accepting state, local election ads in Maryland as result of new law, Trump Meets With Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees, and more…

The Free Speech Record of Judges on Trump’s Short List An Update on the Records of Judges Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge By IFS Staff Last year, we analyzed Judge Kethledge (here) and Judge Hardiman (here and also here). It is often difficult to definitively compare the records of any two judges because they rule […]

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Daily Media Links 7/2: D.C., tech tackle political ads … separately, Trump Says He Has Narrowed List of Possible Supreme Court Picks to Five, and more…

In the News Watchdog.org: 60 years after NAACP v Alabama guaranteed nonprofit donors’ right to privacy, governments are threatening the protection By Bethany Blankley In Colorado, the Institute for Free Speech (IFS) won a lawsuit against the state, raising the required disclosure amount… Both Montana and New Mexico legislatures enacted laws requiring non-profit donor disclosure, […]

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Daily Media Links 6/29: White House Narrows List for Supreme Court Nomination, FEC Weighs New Rules to Govern Political Ads Online, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: The Threat to Privacy of Opinion By Bradley A. Smith [O]n June 30, 1958, the Supreme Court held that Alabama’s demands for the NAACP’s member and donor information violated the organization’s and its members’ freedom of association. “It is hardly a novel perception,” wrote Justice John M. Harlan II, […]

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.