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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.

Political Giving Should Be Private

August 26, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on August 26, 2020.   A third of Americans fear being fired for their political beliefs. ...

Restrictions on ballot slogans violate free speech

August 3, 2020  •  By Ryan Morrison   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the The Star-Ledger on July 30, 2020.   If you voted in the primary, you probably noticed a short slogan ...

2020 shows money can’t buy elections, so let’s remove restrictive contribution limits

July 14, 2020  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on July 13, 2020.   We should have learned our lesson by now. In elections, it’s not ...

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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.

Social Media Executive Order Raises Free Speech Concerns

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May 29, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech President David Keating released the following statement in response to yesterday’s executive order concerning speech on social media platforms:

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Daily Media 11/25

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November 25, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. note: The Media Update will be on vacation Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving! Legal Director – Institute for Free ...

Daily Media Links 11/24

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November 24, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

ICYMI National Review: Stunning Findings on Campaign-Finance Law By Zac Morgan You may think the Bill of Rights safeguards our liberties from the whims of public ...

Daily Media Links 11/23

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November 23, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News National Review: Stunning Findings on Campaign-Finance Law By Zac Morgan You may think the Bill of Rights safeguards our liberties from the ...

Daily Media Links 11/20

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November 20, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

FEC C-SPAN: Federal Election Commission Nominees Testify Before Senate Rules Committee (Video and Transcript) The Senate Rules and Administration Committee held a confirmation hearing ...

Daily Media Links 11/19

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November 19, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

FEC Courthouse News: Trio Vying to Flesh Out Scraggly Election Commission Round Senate Bases By Brandi Buchman The Federal Election Commission could finally be ...

Daily Media Links 11/18

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November 18, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Legal Director – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech anticipates the need for ...

Daily Media Links 11/17

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November 17, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News PPLI: Senate Rules Committee to Hold Hearing Nov. 18 on Nominees to Federal Election Commission By Barnaby Zall The Senate Committee ...

Daily Media Links 11/16

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November 16, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Free Speech Wall Street Journal: Does the ACLU Want to Ban My Book? By Abigail Shrier I never thought book banning would be respectable ...

Daily Media Links 11/13

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November 13, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court Politico: Alito’s politically charged address draws heat By Josh Gerstein During his half-hour-long speech, [Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said:] “One of ...

Daily Media Links 11/12

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November 12, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Free Speech Washington Examiner: A country where people are afraid to tell pollsters what they think By Michael Barone The hidden Republican trend may ...