Setting the Record Straight: A Response to CLC’s Attacks on Judge Kavanaugh

When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court last month, the Institute for Free Speech conducted a thorough review of the First Amendment records of each of the potential nominees for the seat on the President’s shortlist, with an emphasis on political speech.[1] Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the eventual nominee, had the longest record […]

Filed Under: Blog, Campaign Legal Center, Demos, Kavanaugh, Kennedy's Seat, Supreme Court

Statement on Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech, America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, applauds President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as a nominee for the Supreme Court. “Justice Kennedy was a great friend to free speech in the political arena – the core of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court

NAACP v. Alabama: When “Transparency” Becomes Censorship

PDF available here “It is hardly a novel perception that compelled disclosure of affiliation with groups engaged in advocacy may constitute as effective a restraint on freedom of association as [other] forms of governmental action.” – NAACP v. Alabama, 357 U.S. 449, 462 (1958) The freedom to associate with others and speak as a group […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Associational Privacy, Donor Privacy, Harassment, NAACP, NAACP v. Alabama, Supreme Court, Disclosure, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Alabama

First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti: Protecting the Right to Hear Others

PDF available here “The inherent worth of the speech in terms of its capacity for informing the public does not depend upon the identity of its source, whether corporation, association, union, or individual.” – First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, 435 U.S. 765, 777 (1978) Can the government silence speech about an election simply […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, First Amendment, Issues, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, Ballot Issue Advocacy, corporate speech, First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, Supreme Court, First Amendment, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Massachusetts

Cato Institute Holds First Amendment-Focused Constitution Day Symposium

On Monday, the Cato Institute held a day-long symposium entitled “The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue – A Look at the October 2016 and 2017 Terms.” The event coincided with the release of the newest issue of the Cato Supreme Court Review, which provides an annual look at the preceding term and future path of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Cato Institute, Constitution Day, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, Matal v. Tam, Supreme Court, The Slants

CCP: Warrantless Location Tracking Imperils Right to Free Association

The Supreme Court case Carpenter v. US has important implications for the First Amendment Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and four other organizations from across the ideological spectrum filed a brief Monday in support of the plaintiff in Carpenter v. United States, a case challenging warrantless collection of cell phone location […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Carpenter v. United States, Center for Media Justice, Color Of Change, Free Association, Supreme Court, Tea Party Patriots, Warrantless Surveillance

CCP Asks Supreme Court to Refute “Welcome Restraint” Speech Doctrine in Trump “Travel Ban” Case

The lower court’s ruling was unnecessary and will chill vital campaign speech, argues brief Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and the Public Policy Legal Institute (PPLI) today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of neither party in Int’l Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, et al., commonly known as the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Donald Trump, International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, IRAP v. Trump, Public Policy Legal Institute, Supreme Court, Travel Ban

Gorsuch’s Critics, Aided by an Enabling Media, Are Still Mischaracterizing Him

This week, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging restrictions on political party fundraising and spending in the McCain-Feingold Act. This left in place a lower-court ruling upholding these restrictions. Following the Court’s announcement, multiple commentators have noted the implications of the decision on future challenges to McCain-Feingold and even the strength of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Media Watch, Money in Politics, Bloomberg BNA, Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch, McCain-Feingold, Neil Gorsuch, Political Parties, Republican Party of Louisiana v. FEC, Roll Call, Supreme Court, US News & World Report

CCP Applauds Confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released the following statement in reaction to today’s Senate confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: “Today is a great day for our civil rights and our nation,” said David Keating, President of CCP. “Justice Gorsuch has a superb record of standing up for […]

Filed Under: Blog, Newsroom, Press Releases, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court, Trump21

Hasen on Gorsuch on Citizens United

Rick Hasen thinks that Judge Gorsuch “misstates” the holding of Citizens United v. FEC in his Senate testimony, when he states: I think there is ample room for this body to legislate, even in light of Citizens United, whether it has to do with contribution limits, whether it has to with expenditure limits, or whether it has […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Buckley v. Valeo, Derek Muller, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Rick Hasen, Supreme Court

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