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The summer of political harassment shows why privacy is essential

September 10, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The summer of 2019 was the summer of harassment for people who support candidates and causes.

Supreme Court needs to defend the First Amendment for Alaskan voters

September 3, 2019  •  By Allen Dickerson   •  ,

There is ample space to be found between striking down every limit no matter how high and permitting any limit no matter how low.

Don’t limit free speech with campaign contribution limits

August 26, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

Oregon should remain a leader in free speech, not fall back to the pack.

Doxing Trump Donors Is Just the Beginning

August 14, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Even as disclosure laws have grown more expansive, technology has made them easier to abuse.

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, ...

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Court Hearing on Nonprofit Donor Privacy Set for 9/17

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September 16, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Attorneys from the Institute for Free Speech will appear in federal court on Tuesday to represent the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance in a donor privacy ...

Sixth Circuit Rules Tennessee Sign Owner Can Keep “Patriotic” Billboard

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September 11, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously today that the Tennessee Billboard Act is unconstitutional and said the state may not tear down a ...

Amicus Brief: $6 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Reporting Errors Violates First, Eighth Amendments

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September 9, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed an amicus brief with the Washington Supreme Court late Friday stating that a lower court erred in failing to apply ...

Amicus Brief: Arkansas Donor Can Challenge State’s Blackout Period

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September 5, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed an amicus brief asking a federal court to allow an Arkansas citizen to make campaign contributions, within legal limits, ...

Amicus Brief: Supreme Court Should Hear Alaska Contribution Limits Case

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August 27, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Alexandria, VA – The largest state in the country has the nation’s lowest limits on donations to statewide candidates. In an amicus brief filed yesterday, ...

Statement on Resignation of FEC Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen

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August 26, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

We wish to congratulate Matthew Petersen on a successful eleven-year tenure at the Federal Election Commission. Throughout his time at the FEC, Commissioner Petersen ...

Statement on Doxxing of Trump Donors by Congressman Castro

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August 7, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to yesterday's tweet by Congressman Joaquin Castro exposing Americans who donated to President ...

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 ...

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Daily Media Links 9/19

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September 19, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Arizona Republic: DCS ‘looking into’ secrecy order in child-welfare case, following Republic report By Dianna M. Náñez The state Department of Child Safety ...

Daily Media Links 9/18

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September 18, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News State Policy Network: IFS asks Fourth Circuit to stop Maryland’s crackdown on online speech By Matt Nese Since the 2016 election, enemies ...

Daily Media Links 9/17

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September 17, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Salem News: Conservative group fights donor disclosure rules By Christian M. Wade The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, founded by Pepperell businessman and GOP congressional ...

Daily Media Links 9/16

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September 16, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Court Hearing on Nonprofit Donor Privacy Set for 9/17 Attorneys from the Institute for Free Speech will ...

Daily Media Links 9/13

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September 13, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts  San Francisco Chronicle: Appeals court tells FBI it must expunge old memo on antiwar website By Bob Egelko A federal appeals court says the ...

Daily Media Links 9/12

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September 12, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

First Amendment  Washington Post: Prosecutors drop case against man arrested for burning American flags outside White House By Keith L. Alexander Local prosecutors Tuesday dismissed remaining ...

Daily Media Links 9/11

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September 11, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Sixth Circuit Rules Tennessee Sign Owner Can Keep “Patriotic” Billboard The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled ...

Daily Media Links 9/10

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September 10, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News CalMatters: Dems ignore voters’ decisions By Dan Walters One of the many clashes occurred 31 years ago, when two competing ballot measures, Propositions ...

Daily Media Links 9/9

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September 9, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Amicus Brief: $6 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Reporting Errors Violates First, Eighth Amendments The Institute for Free ...

Daily Media Links 9/6

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September 6, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Group asks in on Arkansas donation-law suit By Linda Satter The Institute for Free Speech has asked a federal appeals court ...