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Social media crackdown raises free speech concerns

January 25, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

The First Amendment restrains government, not private parties, from censoring speech. Still, recent actions by social media companies should give Americans pause.

Facebook takes the muzzle off Georgia Senate races, but is it too late?

December 18, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , ,

For over six weeks, Facebook held two Senate races hostage, blocking four candidates from reaching Georgia voters with ads before next month’s election. On ...

Election yard signs are as American as apple pie

December 1, 2020  •  By Ryan Morrison   •  , ,

Yard signs represent a proud tradition of political advocacy. For candidates who receive limited media coverage, they are a low-cost way of introducing themselves ...

Stunning Findings on Campaign-Finance Law

November 23, 2020  •  By Zac Morgan   •  , , ,

Well, you’d be wrong, as we’re reminded by David M. Primo and Jeffrey D. Milyo’s latest work, Campaign Finance and American Democracy: What the Public ...

Without Citizens United, that new Borat movie would be illegal

November 2, 2020  •  By Eric Wang   •  , , ,

Fans of the new Borat sequel should thank the Supreme Court’s much-maligned and misunderstood Citizens United decision. Without that ruling, America would resemble the autocratic regime in Borat’s ...

Supreme Court Case Could Rewrite the Book on Free-Speech Lawsuits

October 22, 2020  •  By Zac Morgan   •  ,

Should the government be held to account when it violates a person’s First Amendment rights, or should it be allowed to manipulate the legal system to avoid ...

Campaign law blackouts limit political speech when public debate is needed the most

October 21, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

“Electioneering communications” laws forget that government doesn’t shut down when campaign season kicks in. This year’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is proof.

New ad disclaimers silence activists

September 16, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in the The Hill on September 16, 2020.   Can the government put words in your mouth? The Constitution says no, ...

Cancel culture and speech regulation make a toxic mix

September 15, 2020  •  By David Keating   •  , , , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on September 15, 2020.   What do Steven Pinker, David Frum, Margaret Atwood, and Noam Chomsky have ...

The 2020 election could see record lows for ‘dark money’ influence

September 2, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

Dark money could be trending toward a record low this election cycle.

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Senate Confirms Allen Dickerson, Shana Broussard, and Sean Cooksey to the FEC

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December 9, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement congratulating the Senate on today's vote to confirm Allen Dickerson, Shana Broussard, and Sean Cooksey to ...

New Hampshire Town Tells Councilors Not to Speak to the Press

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October 26, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech sent a letter to the Londonderry, New Hampshire Town Council late Friday warning that recent directions given to councilors ...

Amicus Brief: One Violation of Free Speech Is Too Many

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September 30, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech urged the Supreme Court yesterday to reverse a lower court ruling that favors the government in First Amendment challenges ...

IFS Analyzes First Amendment Records of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

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September 22, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech published the first in a series of analyses today reviewing the First Amendment records of President Trump's likely nominees ...

New Research: No Rise in Corruption Since Citizens United

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September 3, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech published new research today finding no evidence of increased public corruption following the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens ...

Amicus Brief: New Portland-Area Contribution Limits Are Unconstitutional

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August 18, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Taxpayers Association of Oregon filed an amicus brief late Monday urging a state circuit court to strike down Multnomah County’s limits on campaign ...

Analysis: Judicial Ads Act Proposes Unprecedented Expansion of Speech Regulation

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July 29, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech today published an analysis of the Judicial Ads Act (S.4183), a bill that would impose campaign finance regulations on speech ...

Obscure Tax Case Before Supreme Court Could Affect Free Speech

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July 22, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech today urged the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that could effectively close the courthouse doors to ...

Candidates Sue New Jersey Over Restrictions on Campaign Slogans

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July 2, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

 Two candidates for Congress in New Jersey today asked a federal court to declare the state's restrictions on campaign slogans unconstitutional. The Institute for Free Speech ...

IFS Legal Director Allen Dickerson to be Nominated to the FEC

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June 26, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

President Donald Trump today announced his intent to nominate Institute for Free Speech Legal Director Allen Dickerson to the Federal Election Commission.

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January 27, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorneys – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring three attorneys, ...

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January 26, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Examiner: Social media crackdown raises free speech concerns By Bradley A. Smith and David Keating Recent decisions by social media companies to ban ...

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January 25, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Congress Americans for Tax Reform: Five Reasons to Oppose H.R. 1, Democrats’ Attempt to Consolidate Power By Isabelle Morales Rather than pushing policies that will ...

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January 22, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Courthouse News: A Free Speech Chill? Donor Disclosure Rules Debated at 10th Circuit By Amanda Pampuro A conservative think tank on Thursday asked ...

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January 21, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Summer Associate Legal Fellowship The Institute for Free Speech Summer Associate Legal Fellowship is a unique opportunity for law students to explore ...

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January 20, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court New York Times: Please Don’t Follow This Money By Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jason Karaian, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni ...

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January 19, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Congress Politico: Playbook By Ryan Lizza, Rachael Bade, Tara Palmeri, and Eugene Daniels Schumer today will designate a sweeping package of campaign reforms as the ...

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January 15, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Philanthropy Roundtable: Congress Continues Campaign to Chill Political Speech By Patrice Onwuka With the start of a new session, Congress has resurrected ...

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January 14, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Summer Associate Legal Fellowship The Institute for Free Speech Summer Associate Legal Fellowship is a unique opportunity for law students to explore ...

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January 13, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech IFS Condemns Capitol Riot The Institute for Free Speech condemns the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol ...