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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 ...

Voters Aren’t For Sale

March 13, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in City Journal on March 12, 2020.    The political world is practically giddy at the failed campaigns of Michael ...

The Left has one problem with Trump’s FEC nominee: He’s a Republican

March 10, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 10, 2020.    In politics, you’re often damned if you do and damned if ...

Bloomberg Slayed the Myth That Money Buys Elections

March 5, 2020  •  By Zac Morgan   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on March 5, 2020.    The dragons of myth were not slain by fearless knights, but by reality. ...

Tom Steyer’s failed campaign shows money can’t buy votes

March 2, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

This piece originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 2, 2020.    There’s a lot more to winning elections than dominating the airwaves. ...

Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg

February 24, 2020  •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

This piece, co-authored with John R. Lott Jr., originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on February 24, 2020.    House Democrats held a ...

The IRS Should Go Ahead with Privacy Reform

February 7, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , ,

This piece originally appeared in National Review on February 7, 2020.    The IRS isn’t known for respecting privacy. Under the Obama administration, IRS bureaucrats ...

Trump and Bloomberg Super Bowl ads are a novelty, but are they worth it?

February 2, 2020  •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

This piece originally appeared in Washington Examiner on February 2, 2020.    Millions of people will tune in to watch the NFL’s Super Bowl ...

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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

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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 ...

Draft House Relief Bill Threatens First Amendment Rights

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March 24, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A draft House response to the coronavirus pandemic would order American businesses to sacrifice First Amendment rights in exchange for emergency relief. Businesses cannot ...

President Trump Nominates Trey Trainor to FEC

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March 4, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Washington, DC – The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that President Donald Trump has re-nominated attorney ...

New Jersey Agrees Not to Enforce Unconstitutional Anti-Privacy Law

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February 27, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

In a letter filed in federal court yesterday, New Jersey's Attorney General announced an agreement not to enforce a law requiring nonprofits to publicly ...

IFS Attorney Ryan Morrison to Testify on IRS Privacy Reform

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February 6, 2020  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Institute for Free Speech Attorney Ryan Morrison will testify before the IRS tomorrow morning concerning a proposed rulemaking to protect the personal information of ...

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Daily Media Links 5/29

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May 29, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News New York Daily News: Trump, not Twitter, is the biggest threat to free speech By David Keating As we get closer ...

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May 28, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bloomberg Government: IRS Rule Change Could Aid Foreign Election Meddling, Critics Say By Kenneth P. Doyle Transparency advocates are looking for ...

Daily Media Links 5/27

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May 27, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Yale Law School’s Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression: Commercial Speech and the First Amendment (2020) THE FIFTH ANNUAL  COMMERCIAL ...

Daily Media Links 5/22

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May 22, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. Note: The media update is going on vacation and will return Wednesday, May 27. In the News FIRE: First Amendment News By Ronald K. ...

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May 21, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Politico: FEC reaches quorum after Senate confirms Trainor By Zach Montellaro The Senate confirmed Trey Trainor, a Texas election attorney, to fill ...

Daily Media Links 5/20

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May 20, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Post: Senate confirms Trump appointee to Federal Election Commission, restoring panel’s voting quorum for first time since August By Michelle Ye Hee ...

Daily Media Links 5/19

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May 19, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bloomberg Government: Courts Hamper Efforts to Shine Light on Digital Campaign Ads By Kenneth P. Doyle [A] court ruling required Maryland ...

Daily Media Links 5/18

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May 18, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Billboard Insider: Michael Wright on L.D. Management v. Kentucky By Michael Wright In L.D. Management, Judge Walker ruled that the Kentucky ...

Daily Media Links 5/15

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May 15, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Rocky Mountain Sign Law Blog: Federal Judge Rules Kentucky’s Billboard Act Unconstitutional In Its Entirety By Brian J. Connolly In late ...

Daily Media Links 5/14

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May 14, 2020  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News SCOTUSblog: Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that involve, among ...