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Democrats Propose a Federal Speech Czar

October 20, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Deep inside the Democrats’ latest “compromise” proposal on elections and campaign finance is a new cup of poison for free speech and fair campaigns. Of course, the sponsors ...

The Freedom to Vote Act is remarkably anti-voter

October 19, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

Yet, the so-called Freedom to Vote Act, which is expected to receive a vote in the Senate this week, would restrict our right to ...

What AFPF v. Bonta means for nonprofits and donors

October 1, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in July that California could not require charities and other nonprofit organizations to submit an annual ...

MAXWELL: Joe Manchin’s ‘Compromise’ On Voting Rules Is A Trojan Horse For Censorship

July 20, 2021  •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

The DISCLOSE Act, a tortured acronym for “Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections,” is a part of both S. 1 ...

Supreme Court restores privacy in smackdown of California

July 6, 2021  •  By Luke Wachob   •  , , , ,

When you join with others in support of a cause, state officials don’t have a right to track you. That’s the upshot of last ...

Democrats Are Using the FEC as a Partisan Weapon

June 26, 2021  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The FEC’s Democrats are regularly refusing to dismiss complaints and notify respondents that they are in the clear when the commission has voted not ...

Braun-McConnell bill would protect Americans from IRS surveillance

May 31, 2021  •  By Luke Wachob   •  , ,

In response, Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced legislation to protect the IRS reform and keep the agency out of political mischief. The “Don’t Weaponize ...

The First Amendment Is Lucky to Have Mitch McConnell

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell hammered the first nail into the coffin of the draconian S. 1 legislation on Wednesday, announcing that the Democrats’ 800-plus-page rewrite of ...

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

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

Congressional Democrats’ Court-Picking (Not Packing) Scheme

May 10, 2021  •  By Alan Gura   •  , ,

Congress probably won’t pack the Supreme Court. But court picking poses a real threat to Americans’ rights. Court picking is when Congress uses its authority over federal-court ...

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Lawsuit Aims to Restore Nonprofits’ Freedom to Speak About Candidates

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December 3, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A Wisconsin nonprofit filed a federal lawsuit yesterday that aims to stop a massive expansion of the Federal Election Commission’s donor disclosure mandates for nonprofit groups ...

Court Orders Pennsylvania School Board to Allow Critics to Speak

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November 17, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a Pennsylvania school board to allow parents and community members to criticize school policies and officials by name at public meetings. The court cited abundant evidence in ...

Victory: Blue State Refugees Rally to Proceed in South Dakota

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November 8, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Noem administration agreed on Friday to grant a permit to the Blue State Refugees to rally on the Capitol grounds during a special ...

Lawsuit: Ban on “Personally Directed” Criticism of School Board Members Violates the First Amendment

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November 5, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

When Brevard Public Schools adopted policies that many parents disagreed with, the Brevard Moms for Liberty did what any group of Americans would do. ...

Lawsuit: How the Governor Stole Protest Rights

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November 4, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Christmas festivities at the South Dakota Capitol this winter will include two full months of silent nights – and silent days. The state has ...

Statement on Senate Vote Defeating S. 2747

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October 20, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s vote in the Senate turning aside S. 2747, also known as the ...

Parents, Community Members Sue Pennsbury School Board for Censoring Critics

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October 4, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

After being repeatedly censored, badgered, and shouted down by school board officials, a group of parents and community members filed a federal lawsuit late ...

FEC Scheme to Hide Decisions Is Illegal and Violates Due Process

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August 18, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech announced today that it has urged two federal judges to put a stop to unethical legal gamesmanship by members ...

Washington State Sued for Violating First Amendment Right to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services

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August 2, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech, a national nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services, today filed a lawsuit in federal court against Washington ...

Statement on Supreme Court Citizen Privacy Ruling

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July 1, 2021  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement in response to today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Americans for Prosperity ...

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Daily Media Links 12/2

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December 2, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court Cato: The First Amendment Protects Independent Journalists By Thomas A. Berry Brian Green operates the media channel “Libertys Champion” on YouTube. Since 2013, ...

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December 1, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News The Dennis Michael Lynch Podcast: DML Podcast Nov 30 [Ed. note: Our client Amy Kneessy in Brevard Moms for Liberty v. Brevard ...

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November 30, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Journal Editorial Report (Fox News): School Board Revolt Gains Steam [Ed. note: Full segment begins at 18:35. Our lawsuit against the Pennsbury ...

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November 29, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: Federal Judge Orders Pennsylvania School Board to Allow Critics to Speak, Blocks Vague Speech Codes By GQ Pan A federal ...

Daily Media Links 11/18

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November 18, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. note: The Daily Media Update will return Monday, November 29. Happy Thanksgiving from the Institute for Free Speech! In the News Bucks County Courier ...

Daily Media Links 11/17

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November 17, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Florida Today: Brevard County School Board reelects Belford as chair, implements new speaking policies By Bailey Gallion The conservative parents’ group Moms ...

Daily Media Links 11/16

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November 16, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News LevittownNow.com: Pennsbury In Federal Court Over Enforcement Of School Board Policies By Tom Sofield A federal judge in Philadelphia is deciding whether ...

Daily Media Links 11/15

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November 15, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Supreme Court SCOTUSblog: From barbecue restaurants to highway beautification, justices mull implications of sign-ordinance case By Amy Howe The Supreme Court heard oral argument on ...

Daily Media Links 11/11

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November 11, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Ed. note: The Daily Media Update will return Monday, November 15. Supreme Court The Hill: Supreme Court wrestles with limits on digital billboard ads, free speech ...

Daily Media Links 11/10

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November 10, 2021  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! 2022 Summer Associate Legal Fellowship The 2022 Institute for Free Speech Summer Associate Legal Fellowship is a unique opportunity for current law school ...