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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, ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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Daily Media Links 8/20

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August 20, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Supreme Court Reason: Conservative Justices Are Political Hacks, Five Senators Argue While Urging SCOTUS to Drop a Second Amendment Case By Jacob Sullum The idea ...

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August 19, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Supreme Court National Review: To Save a Bad Gun Law, Democratic Senators Threaten the Supreme Court By David French Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Mazie Hirono, Richard ...

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August 16, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Courthouse News Service: Conservative Students in First Amendment Case Over Use of Student Fees By Bianca Bruno California State University’s process of allocating mandatory ...

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August 15, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Supreme Court The Hill: Campaign finance expert on how to get money out of politics (Video) Election Law Professor Richard Hasen discusses what might be ...

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August 14, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Free Speech Reason: Democrats Join Trump in Seeking Balance by Policing Speech By Jacob Sullum Donald Trump wants to regulate social media, while Democrats want ...

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August 13, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News National Review: We Need Donor-Privacy Legislation Now By Jeremy Carl Janice Rogers Brown, a former judge on the D.C. court of appeals, cogently ...

Daily Media Links 8/12

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August 12, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News National Review: Doxing Trump Donors Is Just the Beginning By Bradley A. Smith The Supreme Court has permitted mandatory disclosure of contributions to ...

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August 7, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News LifeZette: Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff Resigns – Is Under Federal Investigation By The Political Insider Staff Saikat Chakrabarti, according to The New York ...

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August 6, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Contribution Limits Harm State and Local Leaders Running for President By Mark D’Ostilio Under FEC rules, presidential candidates ...

Daily Media Links 8/5

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August 5, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: Senator Kamala Harris’s Rise Fueled by Big Money Donations, Including Donald Trump By Masooma Haq To solicit donations for her presidential ...