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Free Speech Means Free Speech

November 6, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Removing a major source of low-cost political advertising from Twitter harms those who don't yet have a large audience but are looking for an ...

Campaign Finance Law Should Do More To Prevent Donor Harassment

October 24, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

At a time when everyone’s contributions over $200 are just a few clicks away, disclosure laws created in a pre-internet era deserve a second ...

We need to clean house at the Federal Election Commission

October 22, 2019  •  By Zac Morgan   •  ,

The country deserves a functioning campaign finance agency, especially as we head into the 2020 campaign season.

Honest Ads Act Is False Advertising

October 16, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The Honest Ads Act is a needless sacrifice of First Amendment rights, not a serious effort to secure elections.

Privacy for Rights Isn’t a Trade Americans Should Be Forced To Make

October 15, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

The U.S. boasts one of the most robust civil societies in the world. Don't put that at risk in order to serve the shortsighted ...

Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Corruption Proposal Would Silence Dissent

October 3, 2019  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The consistent theme throughout plans such as Warren’s is that the federal government should be more muscular and more active in limiting political participation.

Take It From This Campaign Finance Attorney: Trump Is In The Clear In My Area Of Law

October 1, 2019  •  By Eric Wang   •  ,

This tendency to view every political act that one finds unsavory or disagreeable as a campaign finance violation has far-reaching and extremely harmful consequences ...

The summer of political harassment shows why privacy is essential

September 10, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

The summer of 2019 was the summer of harassment for people who support candidates and causes.

Supreme Court needs to defend the First Amendment for Alaskan voters

September 3, 2019  •  By Allen Dickerson   •  ,

There is ample space to be found between striking down every limit no matter how high and permitting any limit no matter how low.

Don’t limit free speech with campaign contribution limits

August 26, 2019  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

Oregon should remain a leader in free speech, not fall back to the pack.

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Institute for Free Speech Adds Media Manager, Policy Analyst

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November 7, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to announce that Tiffany Donnelly has joined IFS as the Institute's Media Manager. Alex Baiocco, who joined the ...

IRS Should Adopt Proposed Privacy Rule

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November 5, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed comments with the Internal Revenue Service late yesterday in support of a proposed agency rulemaking to protect the ...

Volunteers Are Not Lobbyists, Rules Eighth Circuit

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November 1, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc confirmed that the Constitution does not allow states to treat unpaid citizen activists like ...

Statement on Mark Zuckerberg’s Address on Free Speech

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October 17, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today's speech by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Georgetown University on the ...

Amicus Brief: Supreme Court Should Review California’s Demand for Charity Donor Lists

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September 26, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court late yesterday urging the Court to review California's demand that ...

Court Hearing on Nonprofit Donor Privacy Set for 9/17

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September 16, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Attorneys from the Institute for Free Speech will appear in federal court on Tuesday to represent the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance in a donor privacy ...

Sixth Circuit Rules Tennessee Sign Owner Can Keep “Patriotic” Billboard

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September 11, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously today that the Tennessee Billboard Act is unconstitutional and said the state may not tear down a ...

Amicus Brief: $6 Million Fine for Campaign Finance Reporting Errors Violates First, Eighth Amendments

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September 9, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed an amicus brief with the Washington Supreme Court late Friday stating that a lower court erred in failing to apply ...

Amicus Brief: Arkansas Donor Can Challenge State’s Blackout Period

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September 5, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech filed an amicus brief asking a federal court to allow an Arkansas citizen to make campaign contributions, within legal limits, ...

Amicus Brief: Supreme Court Should Hear Alaska Contribution Limits Case

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August 27, 2019  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Alexandria, VA – The largest state in the country has the nation’s lowest limits on donations to statewide candidates. In an amicus brief filed yesterday, ...

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Daily Media Links 11/12

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November 12, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Federalist Society: Is It Transparency or Is It Censorship? Washington Post v. McManus (Teleforum) Featuring Tyler Martinez and Erin Chlopak In Washington Post v. ...

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November 8, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Cato: Citizen Activism vs. Missouri Regulators (Podcast) Featuring Zac Morgan and Caleb O. Brown Ron Calzone wins a round in court. A ...

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November 7, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Institute for Free Speech Adds Media Manager, Policy Analyst The Institute for Free Speech is pleased to announce ...

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November 6, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Voice of America: Foreign Money Flows Into US Politics By Brian Padden [P]rivacy advocates say forcing the disclosing of the identity of donors ...

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November 5, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News Wall Street Journal: Notable & Quotable: Twitter’s Political Ad Ban Bradley A. Smith writing for City Journal, Nov. 1: Twitter will no longer accept ...

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November 4, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News City Journal: Free Speech Means Free Speech By Bradley A. Smith Days after Mark Zuckerberg planted his flag in favor of free ...

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October 28, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Free Speech The Hill: Mark Zuckerberg deserves praise for his noble stand on free speech By Jonathan Turley With the House Financial Services Committee hearing this ...

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October 25, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Courts Reason (Volokh Conspiracy): Vagueness Challenge to N.H.’s Criminal Libel Statute Can Go Forward By Eugene Volokh In Frese v. MacDonald, the ACLU of New ...

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October 24, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News  Center for Public Integrity: Corporate Political Transparency: It’s Optional By Dave Levinthal The disparity – detailed in a new report by the Center ...

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October 23, 2019  •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

In the News  State Policy Network: Unanimous sixth circuit opinion vindicates billboard owner’s free speech in IFS case By Matt Nese In September, the Sixth Circuit ...