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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 ...

The harm of blocking political Facebook ads

June 23, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on June 23, 2020.   It’s true in life and politics: You don’t know what you ...

A Victory for Free Speech at the IRS

June 16, 2020  •  By Ryan Morrison   •  , , ,

The IRS recently amended its nonprofit donor reporting rules to protect the identities of contributors. From now on, nonprofits (except for 501(c)(3) charities and ...

Protest Organizers Shouldn’t Be Liable for Other People’s Crime

June 16, 2020  •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

A policeman injured by an unknown attacker at a Black Lives Matter protest in July 2016 in Louisiana sued the protest's organizer, DeRay Mckesson, ...

Taxpayer-financed campaigns could be an expensive mistake for New Yorkers

June 5, 2020  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the midst of a devastating pandemic and plummeting tax revenue, New York’s new budget law gives millions of tax dollars to politicians for ...

Trump, not Twitter, is the biggest threat to free speech

May 29, 2020  •  By David Keating   •  ,

The only threat to the First Amendment here is the president’s threat to retaliate against Twitter. Private companies have the right to speak. Social ...

Super PAC Rejections Hurt Democratic Primary

March 26, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on March 26, 2020.    The 2020 Democratic presidential primary began with over 20 governors, senators, congressmen, and political ...

Celebrate super PACs, legalized 10 years ago today

March 26, 2020  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 26, 2020.    What if the federal government dictated how much of your money you ...

Charlottesville’s Violence a Failure of Its Government

March 20, 2020  •  By David Keating   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal on March 20, 2020.    Former Charlottesville, Va., Mayor Michael Signer’s essay “How Free Speech ...

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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:

IRS Privacy Reform a Long-Sought Victory for Free Speech

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May 26, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today's announcement that the IRS finalized a rule to protect the privacy of ...

Statement on Confirmation of FEC Commissioner Trey Trainor

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May 19, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s vote by the Senate to confirm Texas attorney Trey Trainor to ...

California Group Asks Ninth Circuit to Rule 28-Second Ad Disclaimer is Too Long

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April 22, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Washington, DC – A California ballot committee late yesterday asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that San Francisco’s disclaimers for campaign ...

Amicus Brief Urges Supreme Court to Hear Mckesson Case

April 9, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Washington, DC – The Institute for Free Speech today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case arising from a Black Lives Matter ...

Amicus Brief: Supreme Court Should Strike Down Ban on Political Calls

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April 1, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a federal law banning automated political calls. The group's amicus brief notes ...

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Daily Media Links 8/11

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August 11, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Why a Culture of Free Expression Demands Tolerance By Alec Greven Free expression is the lifeblood of ...

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August 10, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News VOA News: ‘Dark Money’ Campaign Contributions Headed for Record High By Masood Farivar In the decade since the Supreme Court decision ...

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August 7, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Nonprofits Wall Street Journal: Gunning for the NRA By The Editorial Board New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday calling for ...

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August 6, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

FEC Texas Scorecard: Trump Appointee Highlights Unfairness of Speech Regulations in First Act on FEC By Brandon Waltens In his first official act as ...

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August 5, 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 ...

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August 4, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech You Can’t Protect First Amendment Rights Without Protecting Privacy By Alec Greven We live in an increasingly ...

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August 3, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Star-Ledger: Restrictions on ballot slogans violate free speech By Ryan Morrison If you voted in the primary, you probably noticed a short ...

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July 29, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. note: The Media Update will be on vacation Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 We’re Hiring! Legal Director – Institute for Free Speech ...

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July 28, 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 ...

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July 27, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Business Insider: Republican Party officials hid COVID-19 mask purchases by labeling them ‘building maintenance’ in federal disclosures By Dave Levinthal [W]hen ...