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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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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. ...

School Board Candidate Sues Florida to Protect His Right to Tell Voters He’s a Republican

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April 15, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

With the help of the Institute for Free Speech, Kells Hetherington filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Florida law he was punished for violating. Candidates have ...

Senate Testimony: S. 1 Would Suppress Speech, Violate the First Amendment

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March 24, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech Chairman Bradley A. Smith testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration that S. 1 threatens free speech and Americans' privacy.

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Daily Media Links 7/23

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July 23, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Ballot Access News: U.S. District Court Enjoins Florida Law Preventing Candidates for Non-Partisan Office from Mentioning their Party By Richard Winger On ...

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July 22, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Issue Analysis No. 11: Do Out-of-State Donations Lead to Electoral Success? By Nathan Maxwell Proponents of further ...

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July 21, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Daily Caller: MAXWELL: Joe Manchin’s ‘Compromise’ On Voting Rules Is A Trojan Horse For Censorship By Nathan Maxwell In the name of ...

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July 20, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court Morning Consult: A Win for America’s Principles – and Progress By Emily Seidel The case is Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta. And ...

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July 19, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

ICYMI A Biden-Zuckerberg Alliance Against “Misinformation” Should Scare Everyone By Luke Wachob On Thursday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that the ...

Daily Media Links 7/16

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July 16, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech A Biden-Zuckerberg Alliance Against “Misinformation” Should Scare Everyone By Luke Wachob On Thursday afternoon, White House Press ...

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July 15, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court Philanthropy Daily: Civil society and its champions dodge a deadly bullet By Jack Fowler Those dabbling bureaucrats and their cause will none soon ...

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July 14, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Fresno Bee: Who’s in and out in recall race + AB 5 challenge + Some Dems ‘just say no’ to Nancy Reagan ...

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July 13, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News California Globe: AB 5 First Amendment Lawsuit Expects Response From State AG This Week By Evan Symon [Aaron] Starr’s lawsuit, filed on ...

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July 12, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Ventura County Star: Oxnard resident Aaron Starr challenges new state law on free speech grounds By Megan Diskin Oxnard resident Aaron Starr ...