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Complaint: Center for Competitive Politics v. Federal Election Commission

COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF This action arises under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552 (2014), challenging the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC’s) denial of a FOIA request by Plaintiff Center for Competitive Politics (CCP). That request was for a single document: an unredacted copy of the First General Counsel’s […]

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Amicus Brief: State of Texas v. Delay

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FEC Issues “Constructive denial” in FOIA Request on Crossroads Matter

FEC Constructive Denial of FOIA Appeal

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Comments and Testimony

First Amendment Analysis: South Dakota Ballot Measures

PDF of analysis available here By Owen Yeates and Ryan Morrison South Dakotans face many decisions this November, including a proposed statute titled Initiated Measure 24[1] and a ballot measure to amend the state constitution, known as Amendment W.[2] Both implicate important First Amendment rights. Initiated Measure 24 is an outright ban on speech—if a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Comments, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Enforcement, South Dakota

Comments to National Park Service on Proposed Rule Regarding Demonstrations and Special Events in the National Capital Region, 83 Fed. Reg. 40460 (Aug. 15, 2018)

PDF of letter available here Brian D. Joyner Chief of Staff National Mall and Memorial Parks National Park Service 900 Ohio Drive, SW Washington, DC 20024 Via the federal eRulemaking portal http://www.regulations.gov Re: Proposed rule regarding demonstrations and special events in the National Capital Region, 83 Fed. Reg. 40460 (Aug. 15, 2018), Regulation Identifier No. […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Freedom of Assembly, National Park Service, Protests

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

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 […]

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Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-06 (Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication”)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel 1050 First Street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication” (Notice 2018-06) Dear Chair Hunter, Vice Chair Weintraub, and members of the Federal […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-05 (Rulemaking Petition Concerning Former Candidates’ Personal Use)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Robert M. Knop Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 1050 First Street NE Washington, DC 20463 RE: Notice 2018-05, Rulemaking Petition Concerning Former Candidates’ Personal Use, REG 2018-01 Dear Mr. Knop: The Institute for Free Speech (“the Institute”)[1] respectfully submits the following comments in response to Notice […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, federal election commission, Personal Use

Analysis of “Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act” (Maryland H.B. 981)

PDF of analysis available here Analysis of “Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act” (H.B. 981) By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Introduction and Executive Summary The Institute for Free Speech[2] provides the following analysis of H.B. 981,[3] which currently awaits a concurrence vote in the House of Delegates. Despite its Orwellian title, H.B. 981 is not […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation, Social Media, Maryland

Comments to FEC on Rulemaking 2014-02 (Independent Expenditure Reporting)

PDF of letter available here Via Electronic Filing Robert M. Knop Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 1050 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20463 RE: Regulation 2014-02 The Institute for Free Speech is pleased that the Federal Election Commission has issued this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding independent expenditures by candidates and to allow […]

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Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho S. 1337 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Jeff C. Siddoway The Honorable Marv Hagedorn RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with S. 1337 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations) Dear Chair Siddoway, Vice Chair Hagedorn, and Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech[1] (“the Institute”), we respectfully submit […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Electioneering Communications, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Social Media, Idaho

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Thomas F. Loertscher The Honorable Jason A. Monks RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations) Dear Chair Loertscher, Vice Chair Monks, and Members of the House State Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech[1] (“the Institute”) and Attorney […]

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