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Misnamed ‘Honest Ads Act’ would restrict free speech

June 17, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

America’s response to foreign interference must respect constitutional rights.

Mark Zuckerberg wants government to control speech on Facebook

June 10, 2019  •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Handing over the reins to government will destroy free expression on Facebook.

Democrats Are Looking To Make The FEC A Lot More Partisan

May 24, 2019  •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

The FEC’s bipartisan and deliberative structure is critical for an agency that regulates sensitive core First Amendment-protected activities.

Government Surveillance Of Political Activists Is Scary, Illegal, And Common

May 13, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

In an increasingly connected world, the risk of surveillance stifling speech is higher than ever. Protecting First Amendment rights in the 21st century calls for ...

No: Government shouldn’t dictate views we’re allowed to hear

May 9, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Can the government ban political speech based on the identity of the speaker, or the mechanism that the speaker uses to communicate to fellow ...

Hate campaign spending? Gillibrand’s ‘democracy dollars’ would put it on steroids

May 6, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

Giving the equivalent of government-funded steroids to campaigns will not create a level playing field. It will just make elections more costly, more ad-driven, ...

Facebook’s struggle to define political speech is nothing new

May 3, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The question of what should be regulated as "political" speech may be new to Facebook, but it has vexed campaign finance reformers for decades.

Democrats’ McCarthyist ‘For the People Act’

April 15, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

We have never accepted that the government — or our neighbors — have a broad right to know about our political activities.

From Rick Santorum to Beto O’Rourke, Federal Regulation Arbitrarily Criminalizes Candidates

April 2, 2019  •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

Running for office and making speeches before one runs for office are core First Amendment rights. The FEC’s “testing the waters” rule unconstitutionally burdens ...

Let’s expose ‘dark money’ without threatening free speech, advocates say

March 13, 2019  •  By David Keating   •  ,

The way to counter corruption and check the influence of entrenched power is not to pry open the donor files of organizations, but to ...

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Amicus Brief: Maryland Online Speech Law a “Massive Overreaction”

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June 7, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech today filed an amicus brief in the online speech and press rights case, The Washington Post, et al. v. ...

Statement on Ruling in Libertarian National Committee v. FEC

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May 21, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s decision in Libertarian National Committee v. FEC. The en banc D.C. ...

South Dakota Out-of-State Donor Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

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May 9, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional South Dakota Initiated Measure 24, a state law which would have banned Americans from other states from contributing ...

Lawsuit Challenges South Dakota Ban on Out-of-State Contributors to Ballot Measures

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April 18, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A coalition of South Dakota media associations, trade associations, a nonprofit advocacy group, and a former South Dakota resident yesterday filed a lawsuit in ...

Eighth Circuit to Hear First Amendment Petition Rights Case Friday

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April 18, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

This Friday morning, Institute for Free Speech Legal Director Allen Dickerson will argue before all eleven judges of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Amicus Brief: Arkansas Anti-BDS Law Violates the First Amendment

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April 16, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) yesterday filed an amicus brief stating that an Arkansas law ...

New Report Surveys Speech-Chilling Statutes Across the Country

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March 19, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech today published a first-of-its-kind survey of campaign speech regulations and grassroots lobbying laws that implicate First Amendment freedoms. The ...

Statement in Response to House Vote on H.R. 1

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March 8, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1, ...

D.C. Circuit Should Hear First Amendment Challenge to FOSTA

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February 21, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A friend-of-the-court brief filed last night by the Institute for Free Speech (IFS) argued that a federal judge erred in slamming the door to ...

President David Keating Testifies Before House Administration Committee on H.R. 1

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February 14, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech President David Keating will testify before the Committee on House Administration at a hearing today on H.R. 1, ...

Daily Media Links

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Daily Media Links 7/16

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July 16, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech  Honest Ads Act Might Not Harm Facebook, But What About Everyone Else? By Meghan Brandabur At the Institute ...

Daily Media Links 7/15

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July 15, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News ABC News: California lawmakers consider new rules for political ads By Andrew Oxford, Associated Press California legislators are considering a proposal by Assemblyman ...

Daily Media Links 7/12

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July 12, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Courthouse News Service: Baltimore Police Cannot Condition Brutality Settlements on Gag Orders By Edward Ericson Jr. The Fourth Circuit ruled 2-1 Thursday that Baltimore ...

Daily Media Links 7/11

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July 11, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts National Review: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Was Wrong to Rule That Trump Can’t Block Twitter Users By David French By no traditional ...

Daily Media Links 7/10

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July 10, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News ABC 6 Columbus: President Trump can’t block critics on Twitter; decision affects other elected officials By Tom Bosco It’s the president’s favorite way ...

Media Update 7/9

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July 9, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Advocacy Groups Across the Ideological Spectrum Demand Privacy for Their Supporters By Alex Baiocco In New Jersey, progressive ...

Daily Media Links 7/8

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July 8, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Associated Press: Missouri pays $500,000 after losing campaign finance lawsuit Missouri taxpayers footed a more than $500,000 legal bill after the state attorney ...

Daily Media Links 7/3

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July 3, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

First Amendment Reason (Volokh Conspiracy): First Amendment Likely Bars Arizona’s Withdrawal of Tax Benefits to Nike Over Betsy Ross Sneaker Controversy By Eugene Volokh [T]he First ...

Daily Media Links 7/2

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July 2, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Media Manager – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC The Institute for Free Speech is searching for a detail-oriented, intellectually curious, ...

Daily Media Links 7/1

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July 1, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Courthouse News Service: D.C. Circuit Tosses State Republicans’ Challenge of SEC Political Contributions Rule for FINRA Broker-Dealers By Levi Lass The Court of Appeals ...