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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 ...

Let’s expose ‘dark money’ without threatening free speech, advocates say

March 13, 2019  •  By David Keating   •  ,

The way to counter corruption and check the influence of entrenched power is not to pry open the donor files of organizations, but to ...

Changing the campaign refs is the wrong call for democracy

March 11, 2019  •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

Unfortunately, the first bill proposed in the 2019 Congress will destroy the FEC’s bipartisanship.

Editorial counterpoint: Could campaign disclosure laws be a threat to democracy? Absolutely.

March 8, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Transparency is for government; privacy is for citizens.

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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 ...

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Daily Media Links 4/18

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April 18, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News St. Louis Public Radio: Full Federal Appeals Court To Decide Whether Unpaid Lobbyists In Missouri Must Register By Rachel Lippmann A federal appeals ...

Daily Media Links 4/17

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April 17, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Arkansas Times: Arkansas Times joined in law challenge by friends of First Amendment By Max Brantley Briefs are stacking up in support of ...

Daily Media Links 4/16

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April 16, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Fortune: Democrats Keep Rejecting Corporate PAC Money. But Is It Just for Show? By Natasha Bach Michael Williams, founder of the public policy ...

Daily Media Links 4/15

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April 15, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Politico: Court paves way for FEC to reveal anonymous $1.7 million super PAC donor By Maggie Severns While investigating a complaint from the ...