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Senators embarrass themselves defending S.1 bill’s assault on free speech

May 13, 2021  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

How do you defend a bill that would subsidize politicians' campaigns, expose people to harassment for their beliefs, and impose a partisan takeover of ...

Democrats’ H.R. 1 Election Takeover Would Also Control What Americans And Politicians Say

May 4, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Democrats often rail against the dangers of “hate speech” and “extremist content,” yet their radical election overhaul bill, H.R. 1, would use taxpayer funds ...

Is Freedom of Speech Obsolete in the “Disinformation” Era?

April 30, 2021  •  By Owen Yeates   •  ,

Is freedom of speech an unquestioned creed, adhered to despite its dangers, or is it a principle that has prevailed by proving its value ...

California’s donor lists demand is a First Amendment crisis

April 26, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on April 26, 2021.   Can state officials demand to know what organizations you join and what charities ...

Democrats push unconstitutional anti-free speech election law

April 8, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The Democratic Party's election overhaul bill, S. 1, includes numerous provisions of dubious constitutionality, but one in particular stands out. Its regulations on websites ...

How the For the People Act could supercharge cancel culture

April 2, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Many of H.R. 1's provisions would expose supporters of controversial causes, providing new ways to dox people and turbocharging an already malignant cancel culture.

Democrats’ Election Bill Is a Disaster for Free Speech

March 9, 2021  •  By Ryan Morrison   •  ,

The consequence of all this will be less speech. Fewer individuals will give to causes they believe in for fear of receiving threats or ...

“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 ...

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IFS Adds Two New Senior Attorneys, Promotes Owen Yeates to Senior Attorney and Deputy VP for Litigation

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April 20, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech will have three new senior attorneys following the addition of two experienced litigators and the promotion of Owen Yeates. ...

School Board Candidate Sues Florida to Protect His Right to Tell Voters He’s a Republican

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April 15, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

With the help of the Institute for Free Speech, Kells Hetherington filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Florida law he was punished for violating. Candidates have ...

Senate Testimony: S. 1 Would Suppress Speech, Violate the First Amendment

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March 24, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech Chairman Bradley A. Smith testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration that S. 1 threatens free speech and Americans' privacy.

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 ...

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Daily Media Links 5/17

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May 17, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court Sacramento Bee: Should schools be able to punish students for speech on social media? Supreme Court will decide By Erwin Chemerinsky There is ...

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May 14, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

ICYMI Washington Examiner: Senators embarrass themselves defending S.1 bill’s assault on free speech By Luke Wachob How do you defend a bill that would subsidize ...

Daily Media Links 5/13

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May 13, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Examiner: Senators embarrass themselves defending S.1 bill’s assault on free speech By Luke Wachob How do you defend a bill that ...

Daily Media Links 5/12

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May 12, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Roll Call: Wide splits evident on voting and campaign finance as Senate panel takes up overhaul By Kate Ackley Here are five ...

Daily Media Links 5/11

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May 11, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Wall Street Journal: Congressional Democrats’ Court-Picking (Not Packing) Scheme By Alan Gura Congress probably won’t pack the Supreme Court. But court picking ...

Daily Media Links 5/10

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May 10, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Roll Call: Massive voting and ethics bill faces first test in divided Senate By Kate Ackley As Democrats fume over Republican-crafted state ...

Daily Media Links 5/7

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May 7, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Daily Caller: The Coming IRS Reign Of Terror By James Bovard In the Obama era, the IRS again became a political hit ...

Daily Media Links 5/6

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May 6, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Comments to FinCEN on ANPRM Implementing Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements By David Keating On behalf of ...

Daily Media Links 5/5

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May 5, 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 ...

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May 4, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News The Federalist: Democrats’ H.R. 1 Election Takeover Would Also Control What Americans And Politicians Say By Tiffany Donnelly Democrats often rail against ...