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Disclosure Laws Will Hurt Minority Views

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman is calling for a boycott of In-N-Out burger because, horror of horrors, the company donates to Republicans. No discussion of whether In-N-Out burger is good or bad for the state. No talk about whether the company’s employees deserve to be harmed by the political affiliations of management, or discussion […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, boycott, In-N-Out Burger, Protests, California

Government Should Not Enable Political Violence

Earlier this month, the Berkeley Police Department published on Twitter the names, photos, ages, and cities of residence of protesters arrested at a “No to Marxism” rally that took place in the city. According to reports, the photos were of “Antifa” (short for anti-fascist) counter-protesters who were at the rally to oppose the message of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Antifa, Berkeley, Donor Privacy, Protests, Right to Petition, The Guardian

Petition to FEC for Rulemaking to Revise 11 C.F.R. § 100.52 (Independent Expenditure Donor Reporting)

PDF of letter available here Federal Election Commission Office of General Counsel 1050 First Street NE Washington, D.C. 20463 Re: Petition for Rulemaking to Revise 11 C.F.R. § 100.52 Dear Commissioners: Pursuant to 11 C.F.R. §§ 200.1-200.6, the Institute for Free Speech petitions the Federal Election Commission to conduct a rulemaking to amend the definition of “Contribution” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, CREW v. FEC, Enforcement, FEC, federal election commission, Independent Expenditure Reporting

Court Ruling on Independent Expenditures Creates New Risks for Groups

A recent federal district court ruling threw out a long-standing Federal Election Commission independent expenditure donor reporting rule. There are many unanswered questions about the impact and reach of the decision. Some of these questions raise very serious First Amendment concerns about associational and donor privacy.

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, CREW v. FEC, Crossroads GPS, Enforcement, Independent Expenditure Reporting

Wells Fargo Closes Campaign’s Bank Account over Disagreement with Donors

Add a new chapter to the debate over private regulation of speech. Wells Fargo closed the bank account of a Florida candidate who received campaign contributions from lobbyists from the medical marijuana industry. The candidate, Nikki Fried, is herself a former medical marijuana lobbyist-turned candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Wells Fargo […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, Marijuana Advocacy, Nikki Fried, Wells Fargo, Florida

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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, North Dakota

Analysis of November 2018 North Dakota Campaign Finance/Lobbying Initiated Constitutional Amendment

PDF of analysis available here Analysis Of November 2018 North Dakota Campaign Finance/Lobbying Initiated Constitutional Amendment[1] By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[2] Introduction and Executive Summary The Institute for Free Speech (“IFS”)[3] provides the following analysis of the voter-initiated campaign finance and lobbying amendment to North Dakota’s State Constitution that will be on the ballot in […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, Private Right of Action, North Dakota

Regulating the Internet: A Dangerous Trend for Free Speech

PDF available here The First Amendment is facing a new threat in state legislatures. A spate of bills that would regulate political and issue advertising on the Internet are jeopardizing free speech. Promoted under the guise of “transparency” or as a response to foreign meddling in U.S. elections, these complicated proposals can be difficult to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, Internet Speech Regulation

Be on the Lookout: Four Red Flags in Bills that Will Chill Online Speech

PDF available here The Internet and social media outreach are more important than ever to campaigns. As a result, legislators face a temptation to regulate this growing medium. Those favoring more speech regulation are now seizing on reports of Russian Facebook ad buys as justification for passing strict laws regulating online speech. But these ads […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State, Internet Speech Regulation, Social Media

Four Constitutional Red Flags in State Disclosure Laws

PDF available here The First Amendment protects the right of Americans to associate privately with others. Nonprofits across America have long relied on this right to organize supporters and advocate on their behalf. Examples of such organizations include the National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, the AARP, NAACP […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Handouts, Disclosure State

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