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Russia isn’t out to decide our elections, they want to divide us and damage our country

January 4, 2019  •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

Like an Internet meme promoting a narrative, many now say Russia’s online propaganda in America was focused on interfering with the 2016 elections. Federal ...

Donald Trump’s Hush Money Did Not Violate Campaign-Finance Law

December 18, 2018  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

In order for the prohibition on personal use of campaign funds to have any force, it cannot depend on the candidate’s subjective intent to ...

A proactive measure to protect privacy

December 17, 2018  •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

Enactment of the Personal Privacy Protection Act will be a victory for the First Amendment right to support the causes we believe in.

Michael Cohen plea turns campaign donations into slush fund for bad behavior

December 14, 2018  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

This theory of the law would transform campaign finance donations from money used only to pay for a campaign to persuade the public, to ...

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Newspapers Win Court Ruling on Maryland Law Regulating Online Ads

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January 4, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement praising today’s ruling by the United States District Court for the District ...

Institute for Free Speech Welcomes Attorney Ryan Morrison

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December 3, 2018  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to welcome attorney Ryan Morrison to its legal team. Ryan’s addition to the staff ...

Volunteers Are Lobbyists, Rules Eighth Circuit

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November 28, 2018  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Alexandria, VA – Today, an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled, 2-1, that unpaid citizen activists can be forced to comply with the same ...

Presenting the New

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November 14, 2018  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to announce its new website at The new website is easier to navigate, pleasing to ...

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January 14, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Supreme Court Helena Independent Record: U.S. Supreme Court declines to take up Montana campaign finance case By Holly K. Michels The U.S. Supreme Court has declined ...

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January 11, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech First Amendment Concerns Regarding Oklahoma Ethics Commission Amendment 2019-02 By Zac Morgan This surfeit of unconstitutional provisions counsels ...

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January 10, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: House Democrats Seek Host of New Limits on Political Speech By Mark Tapscott “We think that much of this bill is ...

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January 9, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Cato: Cato Sues SEC Over Gag Orders By Clark Neily Earlier today, Cato sued the Securities and Exchange Commission in federal court challenging the ...