National Constitution Center: Podcast: The First Amendment and the freedom of expression (In the News)

National Constitution Center: Podcast: The First Amendment and the freedom of expression By NCC Staff Clinton and Trump have offered thoughts and proposals on a range of First Amendment issues, from the publication of private tax returns in The New York Times and the future of Citizens United to the prosecution of terrorism-related speech and beyond. […]

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Daily Media Links 10/14: Judge says Democratic AG’s Exxon probe in ‘bad faith,’ Elizabeth Warren urges Barack Obama to fire SEC chief Mary Jo White, and more…

In the News National Constitution Center: Podcast: The First Amendment and the freedom of expression By NCC Staff Clinton and Trump have offered thoughts and proposals on a range of First Amendment issues, from the publication of private tax returns in The New York Times and the future of Citizens United to the prosecution of terrorism-related […]

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Heritage Foundation Event Highlights Donor Privacy, CCP Cases

Attacks on donor privacy are increasingly seen as one of the foremost threats to free speech in America, if a Thursday event at the Heritage Foundation is any indication. The conservative think tank brought in four speakers to address assaults on the First Amendment ranging from infringements on religious liberty to university speech codes to […]

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Daily Media Links 10/13: The All-Out Assault on the First Amendment: Restricting Speech, Religion, and Association, Dem takes Exxon fight to GOP chairman’s backyard, and more…

Event The All-Out Assault on the First Amendment: Restricting Speech, Religion, and Association Hosted By Hans A. von Spakovsky From the IRS targeting of certain advocacy organizations, to proposals to overturn free speech cases and give Congress power to restrict political speech, to restrictions on individuals exercising their religious beliefs, to attempts to force membership […]

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The Hidden Admissions of the “Unilateral Disarmament” Defense

Vague commitments to pursue “campaign finance reform” and promises to overturn Citizens United have become increasingly popular talking points among some candidates this election cycle. Following this trend, misguided and unfounded claims that the system is dysfunctional and that electoral and policy outcomes are the result of nothing more than monetary transactions among politicians, wealthy […]

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Daily Media Links 10/12: FEC fight over regulating internet videos heightens, Putting Political Equality Before The Courts In Campaign Finance Cases, and more…

CCP Some FEC Commissioners Unwilling to Commit to Not Banning Books By Joe Albanese The Federal Election Commission’s recent public meeting revealed a partisan gap on what would have otherwise seemed a straightforward issue. Commissioner Lee Goodman proposed an amendment to expand the FEC’s “press exemption” regulation to include books, movies, and other media distributed by satellite television, radio, […]

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Some FEC Commissioners Unwilling to Commit to Not Banning Books

The Federal Election Commission’s recent public meeting revealed a partisan gap on what would have otherwise seemed a straightforward issue. Commissioner Lee Goodman proposed an amendment to expand the FEC’s “press exemption” regulation to include books, movies, and other media distributed by satellite television, radio, and internet-enabled applications. In short, Goodman wanted to reassure the […]

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Daily Media Links 10/11: Does the First Amendment cover books and movies?, Campaign Finance Reform Emerges Briefly As Topic In Ugly Trump-Clinton Debate, and more…

Free Speech Washington Post: My grandfather and the First Amendment By Alexandra Petri It was Tuesday, July 20, 1965. Neal was editor of the Noblesville Daily Ledger, a small Indiana newspaper. The day before, he had been arrested and charged with contempt of court for a column he had written criticizing a judge’s new policy to crack […]

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Bloomberg BNA: Ruling Against Colorado Disclosure Law Left Intact (In the News)

By Kenneth P. Doyle
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a federal appeals court ruling that said Colorado’s campaign finance disclosure requirements could not apply to a group that raised and spent only $3,500 to influence a ballot initiative (Williams v. Coalition for Secular Government , U.S., No. 16-28, cert. denied 10/3/16).
The Supreme Court’s Oct. 3 action denying the state’s petition for review was “the final chapter for Colorado’s speech laws that buried grassroots groups in red tape,” Tyler Martinez, an attorney for the nonprofit Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), said. CCP, a critic of campaign finance regulation, represented the challenger of the Colorado disclosure law, a nonprofit group called the Coalition for Secular Government.
“When a few citizens want to voice an opinion, the government can’t subject them to burdensome disclosure rules designed for multimillion-dollar campaigns,” Martinez said.

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Daily Media Links 10/7: FEC challenged again to find coordination in current campaigns, Feingold calls for all political groups to disclose donors, and more…

In the News Bloomberg BNA: Ruling Against Colorado Disclosure Law Left Intact By Kenneth P. Doyle The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a federal appeals court ruling that said Colorado’s campaign finance disclosure requirements could not apply to a group that raised and spent only $3,500 to influence a ballot initiative ( Williams v. Coalition for Secular […]

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