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LTE: Protect speech

September 28, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  ,

The rich shouldn’t be able to weaponize frivolous litigation to stifle speech — and Pennsylvania lawmakers have an opportunity to ensure they can’t.

NJ flips to strongly protecting free speech from lawsuits

September 28, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  ,

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a new law — passed unanimously by both houses of the legislature — that strengthens the free speech rights ...

Newspaper Raid Highlights Crucial Importance of Free Speech

September 15, 2023  •  By Tom Garrett   •  ,

A small Kansas town recently became an unlikely — but pivotal — free speech battleground.

Straw donor scams steal tax dollars: Public matching fund programs are ripe for rip offs

September 5, 2023  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Passed during a devastating pandemic and plummeting tax revenue, New York’s new budget law gives tens of millions of tax dollars to political campaigns.

Government Takes Cues from Leftist SPLC To Bully Opponents Like Moms For Liberty

July 13, 2023  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Anyone who cares about free speech should ignore characterizations that make routine political disagreements seem ‘dangerous’ and worthy of government attention.

Commentary: When restricting free speech backfires

June 26, 2023  •  By Tom Garrett   •  ,

It took over two years, but YouTube has finally learned a crucial lesson about the dangers of restricting political speech.

Florida Elections Commission learns expensive free speech lesson

June 21, 2023  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

If you can dish it out, you’ve got to be able to take it. That’s a lesson the Florida Elections Commission (FEC) is learning ...

Alec Greven: A moral panic in Montana comes for free speech

June 12, 2023  •  By Alec Greven   •  ,

A moral panic has descended upon Montana. Lawmakers here have rammed through overly broad laws in response to vague and unsubstantiated threats.

Alec Greven: Protecting democracy, or gagging businesses?

June 9, 2023  •  By Alec Greven   •  , ,

Protecting democracy, or gagging businesses?

The IRS still plays political speech police

May 29, 2023  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

This month marked the 10th anniversary of the Tea Party scandal: The first public admission by then-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner that the IRS had ...

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Institute for Free Speech Urges D.C. Circuit to Protect Political Speech from Private Enforcement

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September 28, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Campaign Legal ...

Institute for Free Speech Hails New Jersey Becoming 33rd State with an Anti-SLAPP Law

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September 8, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The new law will protect against frivolous lawsuits targeting speech

Institute for Free Speech Sues Texas Ethics Commission Over Ban on Pro Bono Work

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August 7, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A recent TEC opinion prohibits pro bono legal services for candidates and political committees if they are provided by nonprofit corporations

Institute for Free Speech Urges First Circuit to Strike Down School Board Ban on Criticizing Employees

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August 3, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The RSU 22 School Board silenced Shawn McBreairty after he criticized employees by name

Lawsuit Seeks to Dismantle State-Imposed Wokeism

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July 24, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors recently issued a pervasive set of guidelines that force faculty to embrace an “anti-racist” ideology, in clear violation of fundamental First Amendment rights.

Professor Sues to Challenge State-Mandated Ideology

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June 5, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech protects Americans’ right to express themselves. It also forbids the state from forcing anyone to adhere to ...

Laurel Libby Sues to Strike Down Unconstitutional Restrictions on Political Speech

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May 31, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A recent change to Maine law creates an unfair and unconstitutional system that gives even more influence to the most powerful political leaders and ...

Victory: Florida Elections Commission Pays $175k in Attorney’s Fees, Stops Punishing Political Speech

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April 18, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

This positive development for free political speech in Florida comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by Kells Hetherington and litigated by attorneys ...

The Institute for Free Speech Names Tom Garrett New Chief Communications Officer

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April 12, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

 The Institute for Free Speech has named Tom Garrett as its new Chief Communications Officer.

Trump Indictment Flawed: ‘Hush Money’ is Not a Campaign Expense

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April 5, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

“The criminal case against Donald Trump lacks a necessary element: there is no federal campaign finance violation.

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Daily Media Links 7/29

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July 29, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

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July 28, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Times: Lawsuit accuses Georgia school board of censoring moms at meetings By Sean Salai Two mothers have sued a Georgia school board ...

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July 27, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Forsyth County Schools Sued for Censorship at Board Meetings Concerned parents in Forsyth County want school officials ...

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July 26, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Congress People United for Privacy: PUFP Letter in Response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration’s July 19 hearing on “The DISCLOSE Act” ...

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July 25, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Washington Free Beacon: Court Overrules School District That Banned Father Who Exposed Obscene Library Books By Elizabeth Troutman A federal judge on Wednesday ...

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July 22, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: Every Senate Dem but Sinema Backs Bill to Compromise First Amendment Freedom of Speech By Mark Tapscott First introduced in ...

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July 21, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury settles free speech lawsuit. What it could mean to other districts By Peg Quann The impact of ...

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July 20, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Insider: Ted Cruz: Democrats used to support free speech, but ‘unfortunately, that time has long since passed’ By Hanna Kang David Keating, ...

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July 19, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

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July 18, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Philadelphia Inquirer: The Pennsbury School District will pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit over four men’s curtailed public comments By Maddie Hanna The ...