Petition to FEC for Rulemaking to Revise 11 C.F.R. § 100.52 (Independent Expenditure Donor Reporting)

PDF of letter available here Federal Election Commission Office of General Counsel 1050 First Street NE Washington, D.C. 20463 Re: Petition for Rulemaking to Revise 11 C.F.R. § 100.52 Dear Commissioners: Pursuant to 11 C.F.R. §§ 200.1-200.6, the Institute for Free Speech petitions the Federal Election Commission to conduct a rulemaking to amend the definition of “Contribution” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, CREW v. FEC, Enforcement, FEC, federal election commission, Independent Expenditure Reporting

Court Ruling on Independent Expenditures Creates New Risks for Groups

A recent federal district court ruling threw out a long-standing Federal Election Commission independent expenditure donor reporting rule. There are many unanswered questions about the impact and reach of the decision. Some of these questions raise very serious First Amendment concerns about associational and donor privacy.

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Analysis of November 2018 North Dakota Campaign Finance/Lobbying Initiated Constitutional Amendment

PDF of analysis available here Analysis Of November 2018 North Dakota Campaign Finance/Lobbying Initiated Constitutional Amendment[1] By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[2] Introduction and Executive Summary The Institute for Free Speech (“IFS”)[3] provides the following analysis of the voter-initiated campaign finance and lobbying amendment to North Dakota’s State Constitution that will be on the ballot in […]

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Washington State Legislators to Nonprofits: Give Us Your Donor List or Shut Up

The Washington State Senate recently passed Senate Bill 5991, also known as the “Washington state DISCLOSE Act.” In short, the purpose of the bill is to broaden the state’s donor disclosure regulatory regime. Under current Washington law, generally, only groups organized specifically for engaging in electoral politics are required to report the names and home […]

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There’s Nothing Sweet About Censorship

For many of us, the closest encounter we have ever had with threatening phone calls and messages or cars tailing you on your way home is in a movie theater. For others, however, like Dr. Esperanza Cerón and her colleagues at Educar Consumidores in Bogotá, Colombia, they’ve experienced harassment, intimidation, and censorship first hand. All […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Colombia, Educar Consumidores, Enforcement, False Statement Laws, Harassment, Intimidation, Soda Taxes, Wisconsin

Lee Goodman Offers Spirited Defense of First Amendment in Campaign Finance Law

How big a problem is “dark money”? What about corporate spending in politics? Why doesn’t the FEC take a stronger stand against political activities by private groups? These are some of the questions tackled recently by Federal Election Commissioner Lee Goodman. On Wednesday, Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy hosted an event with Goodman, […]

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Over a Year Later, Coloradans Find out Exactly What was in Legislators’ Disclosure Bill

Last Sunday, candidates who had already begun their campaigns for Colorado’s 2018 state elections received a rude awakening when news broke that the reach of a new campaign finance law, thought only to apply to candidates in off-year school board races, went far beyond what was intended. Previously, candidates running to serve on school boards […]

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Former FEC Chair Bob Lenhard Discusses Campaign Finance Law, Foreign Intervention in U.S. Elections

Last Thursday, the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University hosted a discussion with Robert Lenhard, a former FEC commissioner and a partner at the law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where he focuses on election and political law. A Democrat, Lenhard was appointed to the FEC by President George W. Bush in 2006. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, Enforcement, FARA, FEC, FECA, Federal Election Campaign Act, federal election commission, Foreign Agents Registration Act, foreign nationals, Robert Lenhard

When Gridlock is Good

In recent months, a handful of members on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives have proposed legislation to change the structure of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) under the guise of reform. On August 1, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly announced companion legislation in the Senate that would revamp the FEC, which […]

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The New York Times: Replace the FEC with A More Partisan Agency

Last Friday, The New York Times Editorial Board published a piece lambasting the “feckless” Federal Election Commission for “fail[ing] to police this rise of ‘dark money.’” Advancing the oft-repeated (and false) narrative among opponents of free political speech that the FEC is a “worse than dysfunctional” agency, the editorial concludes that the entire regulatory body […]

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.