FEC Should Not Dictate What Types of Ads Speakers Use

Legal Director Allen Dickerson Testifies at Hearing on Internet Ad Disclaimers Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech Legal Director Allen Dickerson urged the Federal Election Commission to adopt flexible rules for online ad disclaimers at an FEC hearing Wednesday morning. “Americans must be able to use any commercially available advertising product to promote a political […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Speaking About Federal Elections Online Just Got Much Harder

In the midst of the 2018 primary season, Twitter recently announced a new policy regarding paid political speech on its platform. Twitter follows in the footsteps of both Facebook and Google, who recently unveiled their own policies governing paid political speech on their platforms. These new policies are a direct response to the purchase of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Political Advertising, Social Media, Twitter

Debunking Three Myths about the “Honest Ads Act”

PDF available here The deceptively-named “Honest Ads Act” is a proposal in Congress that would increase regulations for paid political and issue advertising on the Internet – including communications by organizations engaged in nonpartisan voter education, registration, and get out the vote efforts. In order to run such ads, groups would be forced to comply […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Handouts, Federal, disclaimers, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Russia

FEC Should Avoid Overburdening Online Political Ads

Comments filed by IFS urge the Commission to respect free speech online Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech filed comments Friday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in response to the agency’s March 26 announcement proposing revisions to disclaimer regulations as applied to public communications over the Internet. The Institute’s comments remind the FEC not to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation

Comments to FEC on Notice 2018-06 (Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication”)

PDF of letter available here VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION SYSTEM Federal Election Commission Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel 1050 First Street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication Disclaimers and the Definition of “Public Communication” (Notice 2018-06) Dear Chair Hunter, Vice Chair Weintraub, and members of the Federal […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, federal election commission, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation

Distrusting “Suspicious” Online Ads Is No Excuse for Restricting Americans’ Free Speech

A new study is being hyped as evidence that the government needs to police the First Amendment on social media. This month, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Issue One – two groups that advocate for greater political speech regulations – authored a press release touting a study by the research team of Professor Young […]

Filed Under: Blog, Campaign Legal Center, Facebook, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Issue Advocacy, Political Ads, Young Mie Kim

Analysis of “Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act” (Maryland H.B. 981)

PDF of analysis available here Analysis of “Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act” (H.B. 981) By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[1] Introduction and Executive Summary The Institute for Free Speech[2] provides the following analysis of H.B. 981,[3] which currently awaits a concurrence vote in the House of Delegates. Despite its Orwellian title, H.B. 981 is not […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, Internet Ad Disclaimers, Internet Speech Regulation, Social Media, Maryland

Institute for Free Speech Statement on FEC Vote to Proceed with Internet Ad Rulemaking

Preserving online speech freedom should be a priority for regulators Alexandria, VA – Institute for Free Speech President David Keating released the following statement today regarding the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning disclaimer mandates for online advertisements: “The FEC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a good start, and we commend the commissioners for […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, disclaimers, FEC, federal election commission, Internet Speech Regulation

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho S. 1337 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Jeff C. Siddoway The Honorable Marv Hagedorn RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with S. 1337 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations) Dear Chair Siddoway, Vice Chair Hagedorn, and Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech[1] (“the Institute”), we respectfully submit […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, Electioneering Communications, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Social Media, Idaho

Constitutional and Practical Issues with Idaho H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL The Honorable Thomas F. Loertscher The Honorable Jason A. Monks RE: Constitutional and Practical Issues with H. 573 (2017 Campaign Finance Reform Legislative Work Group Recommendations) Dear Chair Loertscher, Vice Chair Monks, and Members of the House State Affairs Committee: On behalf of the Institute for Free Speech[1] (“the Institute”) and Attorney […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure State, External Relations Comments and Testimony, State, State Comments and Testimony, disclaimers, Electioneering Communications, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Social Media, Idaho

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