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“For the People Act” gives politicians more power, curtails speech

March 6, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The threats to free speech in the so-called “For the People Act” span hundreds of pages and are too numerous to cover in their ...

The Democrats’ New Schemes to Control Political Speech

February 27, 2021  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

This, apparently, is the president’s vision of democracy: a status quo-preserving machine wherein those in power get a monopoly on political speech, while the ...

House Dems’ Misguided Effort to Muzzle Conservative Media

February 24, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

On Feb. 24, House Democrats will hold a hearing on “traditional media’s role in promoting disinformation and extremism.” This hearing is a dangerous threat to American ...

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.

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House Passes Direct Assault on Free Speech

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March 3, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in reaction to a vote by the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1, a ...

Amicus Brief: The First Amendment Guarantees All Americans’ Right to Privacy

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March 2, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed an amicus brief yesterday urging the Supreme Court to strike down California’s requirement that charities provide state officials ...

Analysis: H.R. 1’s Speech Provisions are Unconstitutional and Harmful to Democracy

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February 22, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech published an analysis today of three major sections of H.R. 1 that would trample on First Amendment rights. The provisions would invade the ...

Alan Gura Joins Institute for Free Speech as Vice President for Litigation

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February 16, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to announce that attorney Alan Gura joined IFS today as Vice President for Litigation. In this role, Gura ...

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 ...

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March 5, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Committee on House Administration Republicans: Why Disability Rights Organizations, Free Speech Advocates, 135 Non-Profits, & Others Oppose H.R. 1 State election administers, ...

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March 4, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News One America News: Institute For Free Speech President Analyzes Impacts Of H.R. 1 (Video) House lawmakers passed the H.R. 1 legislation also ...

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March 3, 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, including at least ...

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March 2, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News National Review: The Democrats’ New Schemes to Control Political Speech By Alex Baiocco ‘We the people. Those words changed everything. Power rested ...

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February 26, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. note: The Media Update will not be delivered Monday, March 1. It will return Tuesday, March 2. In the News Roll Call: House set to ...

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February 25, 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 a ...

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February 24, 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, including at ...

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February 23, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Individuals of All Beliefs Benefit from Strong Privacy Protections By Jeremy Talcott, Pacific Legal Foundation On January ...

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February 22, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Reason (Volokh Conspiracy): Equal First Amendment Rights Coming for Non-Media Speakers in Oregon? By Eugene Volokh I noted in December that the ...

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February 19, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News FIRE: Eighth Circuit: Arkansas anti-BDS law violates First Amendment By Aaron Terr Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth ...