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MAXWELL: Joe Manchin’s ‘Compromise’ On Voting Rules Is A Trojan Horse For Censorship

July 20, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

The DISCLOSE Act, a tortured acronym for “Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections,” is a part of both S. 1 ...

Supreme Court restores privacy in smackdown of California

July 6, 2021  •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , ,

When you join with others in support of a cause, state officials don’t have a right to track you. That’s the upshot of last ...

Democrats Are Using the FEC as a Partisan Weapon

June 26, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The FEC’s Democrats are regularly refusing to dismiss complaints and notify respondents that they are in the clear when the commission has voted not ...

Braun-McConnell bill would protect Americans from IRS surveillance

May 31, 2021  •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

In response, Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced legislation to protect the IRS reform and keep the agency out of political mischief. The “Don’t Weaponize ...

The First Amendment Is Lucky to Have Mitch McConnell

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell hammered the first nail into the coffin of the draconian S. 1 legislation on Wednesday, announcing that the Democrats’ 800-plus-page rewrite of ...

Senators embarrass themselves defending S.1 bill’s assault on free speech

How do you defend a bill that would subsidize politicians' campaigns, expose people to harassment for their beliefs, and impose a partisan takeover of ...

Congressional Democrats’ Court-Picking (Not Packing) Scheme

May 10, 2021  •  By Alan Gura   •  , ,

Congress probably won’t pack the Supreme Court. But court picking poses a real threat to Americans’ rights. Court picking is when Congress uses its authority over federal-court ...

Democrats’ H.R. 1 Election Takeover Would Also Control What Americans And Politicians Say

May 4, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Democrats often rail against the dangers of “hate speech” and “extremist content,” yet their radical election overhaul bill, H.R. 1, would use taxpayer funds ...

Is Freedom of Speech Obsolete in the “Disinformation” Era?

April 30, 2021  •  By Owen Yeates   •  ,

Is freedom of speech an unquestioned creed, adhered to despite its dangers, or is it a principle that has prevailed by proving its value ...

California’s donor lists demand is a First Amendment crisis

April 26, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on April 26, 2021.   Can state officials demand to know what organizations you join and what charities ...

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FEC Scheme to Hide Decisions Is Illegal and Violates Due Process

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August 18, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech announced today that it has urged two federal judges to put a stop to unethical legal gamesmanship by members ...

Washington State Sued for Violating First Amendment Right to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services

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August 2, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech, a national nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services, today filed a lawsuit in federal court against Washington ...

Statement on Supreme Court Citizen Privacy Ruling

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July 1, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Americans for Prosperity ...

Campaign Organizers Sue California Over AB 5’s Discrimination Against Political Speech

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June 24, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A California nonprofit, a political committee, and a company that provides door-knocking and signature gathering services filed a lawsuit in federal court saying that California’s Assembly ...

Statement on Senate Vote Defeating S. 2093

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June 22, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Sweeping legislation that would rewrite federal laws governing political speech and association, elections, and ethics suffered a major setback this evening as a vote ...

Watchdog Group Sues Colorado City Over Campaign Law That Violates Freedom of the Press

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June 3, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Yesterday, represented by attorneys from the Institute for Free Speech, the Lakewood Citizens Watchdog Group filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Lakewood, Colorado law ...

Gun Rights Group Sues Wyoming for Violating its First Amendment Rights

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June 2, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Wyoming Gun Owners (WyGO) late yesterday sued Wyoming in federal court, saying the state unconstitutionally regulates its speech about public policy as campaign advertisements.

Institute for Free Speech Welcomes Two New Attorneys

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May 27, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech announced the additions of Senior Attorney Julie Smith and Attorney Martha Astor. Smith and Astor will help the Institute ...

Candidates Fined for Criticizing Governor’s Agenda Will Get Their Day in Court

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May 21, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

After seven years, a Connecticut court will finally rule on a First Amendment challenge brought by two former General Assembly candidates who were fined ...

IFS Adds Two New Senior Attorneys, Promotes Owen Yeates to Senior Attorney and Deputy VP for Litigation

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April 20, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech will have three new senior attorneys following the addition of two experienced litigators and the promotion of Owen Yeates. ...

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September 16, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech This Constitution Day, Thank the Supreme Court for Protecting Americans Who Give By Luke Wachob On Constitution ...

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September 15, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Amicus Brief: Net Choice v. Attorney General, State of Florida The Supreme Court has long recognized that states ...

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September 14, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

In the News Business Insider: Joe Biden could ‘pack’ the Federal Election Commission with liberals and obliterate tradition. But he’s resisting. By Dave Levinthal To ...

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September 9, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

ICYMI Washington Supreme Court Should Override $18 Million Chill on Political Speech By Nathan Maxwell In an amicus brief filed in mid-August, the Institute for Free ...

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September 8, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

We’re Hiring! 2022 Summer Associate Legal Fellowship The 2022 Institute for Free Speech Summer Associate Legal Fellowship is a unique opportunity for current law school ...

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September 7, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

In the News Nonprofit Law Prof Blog: First Effects of the AFPF Donor Disclosure Decision and Additional Analysis By Lloyd Mayer The first effects of ...

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September 2, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

The Courts Washington Post: Va. Supreme Court affirms judge’s ruling reinstating Loudoun teacher who refused to use transgender pronouns By Hannah Natanson The Virginia Supreme ...

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September 1, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

ICYMI Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta: Questions and Answers By Brad Smith The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that California could not constitutionally ...

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August 31, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta: Questions and Answers By Brad Smith The U.S. Supreme Court recently ...

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August 26, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech The Danger of “Security Concerns” Being Weaponized to Limit Assembly Rights By Alec Greven The right to ...