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Daily Media Links 9/17: Chief Justice Roberts halts campaign finance ruling, A Federal Court Just Limited Your First Amendment Right to Freely Associate, and more…

In the News Fox News: Former FEC chairman Bradley Smith talks campaign finance law (Video) ‘Russia Hoax’ author Gregg Jarrett and former FEC chairman Bradley Smith join ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’ to discuss campaign finance laws. The Hill: Watchdog groups to file complaint against Montana candidate alleging coordination with NRA By Lisa Hagen Campaign finance watchdog groups […]

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Daily Media Links 9/14: Democrats would hold quick vote on sweeping ethics bill, Hoyer says, Missouri ethics reform, redistricting initiative tossed from November ballot by judge, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Is attempting to sway Susan Collins’s vote breaking the law? It’s hard to tell. By Bradley Smith The first relevant statute is 18 U.S.C. 201, which prohibits any person from “corruptly” offering “anything of value to any public official . . . with intent to influence any official act.” The organizers […]

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Daily Media Links 9/13: Kavanaugh moves toward confirmation vote, Ninth Circuit vs. Free Speech, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Can Free Speech be Progressive? Only if Progressives Speak Freely. By Eric Peterson A recent event at the Cato Institute examined the controversial question, “Can Free Speech be Progressive?” The query was posed by professor Louis Michael Seidman of Georgetown University Law Center in his recent article for […]

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Daily Media Links 9/12: The Slippery Slope of Regulating Social Media, A Fairness Doctrine for the Internet?, and more…

In the News Washington Post: Koch-backed charity must reveal donor list to California officials, appeals panel rules By Michelle Ye Hee Lee The panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed a district judge’s ruling that the group, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, does not need to submit a list of its donors to […]

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Daily Media Links 9/11: Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Ban on PAC Rules, Campaigns, Parties Can Accept Free Service From Microsoft, FEC Says, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Amicus Curiae Brief Of The Institute For Free Speech In Support Of Petitioners in Timbs v. Indiana (U.S. Supreme Court) The Bill of Rights protects discrete, enumerated liberties. But it also protects “our scheme of ordered liberty” by serving the Constitution’s larger, interlocking machinery. McDonald v. City of […]

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Daily Media Links 9/10: States Loom as a Regulatory Threat to Tech Giants, Trump Executives Face U.S. Campaign-Finance Probe, Source Says, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: The New York Times wants anonymity for the powerful, but no privacy for you By Bradley A. Smith The president’s anger at a disloyal staffer who is vowing to frustrate his policies is understandable, and if his identity is learned, firing is an appropriate response. But the New York Times piece […]

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Daily Media Links 9/7: Washington AG to press for $18 million fine against foodmakers, Mass. high court upholds ban on business campaign donations, and more…

In the News Bloomberg: How Money Became Speech By Justin Fox [E]ver since its ruling in Buckley v. Valeo in 1976, the court has held that the regulation of campaign spending is constrained by the First Amendment’s instruction that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”… [I]n 1976, the Supreme Court let […]

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Daily Media Links 9/6: Justice Department to consider allegations of censorship on Facebook, Twitter, Washington court rejects record $18 million fine against foodmakers, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Court Agrees with IFS, Rejects $18 Million Campaign Finance Fine 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 […]

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Daily Media Links 9/5: Facebook’s Sandberg and Twitter’s Dorsey to Face Questions on Capitol Hill About Russian Meddling, Bias, Trump asks for change in libel laws after Woodward book, and more…

New from the Institute for Free Speech Amicus Curiae Brief Of The Institute For Free Speech In Support Of Petitioners in Lair v. Mangan (U.S. Supreme Court) In Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976) (per curiam), this Court explained the standard for reviewing restrictions on contributions to candidates and political parties. Such limits could […]

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Daily Media Links 9/4: Documents: Kavanaugh saw ‘some constitutional problems’ in campaign contribution limits, Sen. Ron Wyden: If Facebook, Google and Twitter want to avoid new regulation, they need to police their users better, and more…

In the News National Review: The Internet Doesn’t Need a Fairness Doctrine By Eric Peterson The Fairness Doctrine was first introduced by the Federal Communications Commission in 1949. It required broadcasters “to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance.” … Presidential administrations from Kennedy to Nixon used the Fairness […]

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