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The IRS Should Go Ahead with Privacy Reform

February 7, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on February 7, 2020.    The IRS isn’t known for respecting privacy. Under the Obama administration, IRS bureaucrats ...

Trump and Bloomberg Super Bowl ads are a novelty, but are they worth it?

February 2, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on February 2, 2020.    Millions of people will tune in to watch the NFL’s Super Bowl ...

Why Citizens United should not be blamed for climate policy failures

January 31, 2020  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in The Hill on January 31, 2020.   Can voters handle exposure to unfettered speech? Some politicians will say the ...

Court Rebuffs Attempt To Make Politically Engaged Missourian Register As A Lobbyist

January 28, 2020  •  By Zac Morgan   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in The Federalist on January 28, 2020.   Nobody likes lobbyists, except maybe their families. Whether associated with self-interested men ...

Celebrate the Citizens United Decade

January 21, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal on January 20, 2020.   ‘Last week,” President Obama declared a decade ago, “the Supreme Court ...

California Aims To Take Nonprofit Donors’ Right To Privacy

January 16, 2020  •  By Zac Morgan   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Daily Caller on January 16, 2020.   Several cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court ask the question: will ...

Seattle Moves To Silence Dissent From Corporations

January 15, 2020  •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Daily Caller on January 15, 2020.   When government seeks to enact laws that harm your interests, should you ...

Surprise! The IRS really does want to protect your privacy

January 10, 2020  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on January 10, 2020.   Admiring the role of civic organizations in the infancy of America, Alexis De ...

Campaign finance limits take choices away from voters

December 17, 2019  •  By David Keating   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on December 17, 2019.   It happens every presidential election. A promising candidate joins the race, makes ...

Ending your right to petition the government as we know it

November 25, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The best way to fight corruption is to protect freedom of speech and the right to vote.

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IFS Attorney Ryan Morrison to Testify on IRS Privacy Reform

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February 6, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech Attorney Ryan Morrison will testify before the IRS tomorrow morning concerning a proposed rulemaking to protect the personal information of ...

Chairman Bradley Smith Testimony: Citizens United Helps Democracy

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February 5, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech Chairman and former Federal Election Commission Chair Bradley A. Smith will testify Thursday morning before a House of Representatives subcommittee ...

Analysis: Citizens United Led to More Speech, Better Democracy

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January 16, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released an analysis today of the effects of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. ...

IFS Asks Supreme Court to Halt California Demand for Nonprofit Donor Names

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December 19, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech late yesterday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California mandate requiring nonprofits and charitable organizations to report ...

Texas Anti-BDS Law is Unconstitutional Viewpoint-Based Discrimination

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December 9, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A Texas law violates the First Amendment right to engage in political boycotts, according to an amicus brief filed late Friday by the Institute ...

Fourth Circuit Halts Maryland Online Speech Law

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December 6, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement praising today's ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in ...

Supreme Court Expresses Doubt About Contribution Limits in Alaska and Five Other States

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November 25, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today's opinion and remand by the U.S. Supreme Court on a First Amendment ...

Institute for Free Speech Adds Media Manager, Policy Analyst

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November 7, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to announce that Tiffany Donnelly has joined IFS as the Institute's Media Manager. Alex Baiocco, who joined the ...

IRS Should Adopt Proposed Privacy Rule

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November 5, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed comments with the Internal Revenue Service late yesterday in support of a proposed agency rulemaking to protect the ...

Volunteers Are Not Lobbyists, Rules Eighth Circuit

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November 1, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc confirmed that the Constitution does not allow states to treat unpaid citizen activists like ...

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Daily Media Links 2/18

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February 18, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bleeding Heartland: Am I a member of the media? Iowa Republican leaders still say no By Laura Belin A number of readers ...

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February 14, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Comments to IRS on Notice 2017-73 By David Keating On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech, ...

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February 13, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Texas Scorecard Radio: David Keating from the Institute for Free Speech discusses the 10th anniversary of Citizens United. By 1836 Studios ...

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February 12, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Foresight is 20/20: Free Speech Developments to Follow This Year By Alex Baiocco A number of trends ...

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February 11, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts San Francisco Chronicle: Free speech or dark money disclosure: Political operatives seek to gut SF campaign ad measure By Dominic Fracassa A ...

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February 10, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News C-SPAN: House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Campaign Finance Marking the 10th anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling, the ...

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February 7, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News National Review: The IRS Should Go Ahead with Privacy Reform By Luke Wachob The IRS wants to end its requirement that some ...

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February 6, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech  IFS Attorney Ryan Morrison to Testify on IRS Privacy Reform Institute for Free Speech Attorney Ryan Morrison ...

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February 5, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News U.S. Government Accountability Office: Campaign Finance: Federal Framework, Agency Roles and Responsibilities, and Perspectives Campaign finance is the raising and spending of ...

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February 4, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News The Center Square: Nonprofit to promote Whitmer’s road bonding plan on TV ads By Scott McClallen A new nonprofit reserved television ads ...