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Judge Thomas Hardiman Applied Careful Scrutiny and Invalidated PAC Ban, but Passed on Opportunity to Correct DSF Panel Ruling

Hon. Thomas Hardiman United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2007-Present); United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2003-2007) We found four cases relevant to First Amendment speech freedoms where Judge Hardiman either wrote or joined an opinion. Additionally, he voted against a petition for en banc review of Delaware […]

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Judge Raymond Gruender Supports Nonprofit Speech Rights in Key Minnesota Case

Hon. Raymond Gruender United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (June 5, 2004-Present) Summary We found five cases where Judge Raymond Gruender participated in an opinion related to free speech rights. He supported First Amendment speech rights in four of the five cases. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Inc. v. Swanson, 692 F.3d […]

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Judge Neil Gorsuch Writes Sophisticated Concurring Opinion Striking Down Colorado Contribution Limit Disparity

Hon. Neil Gorsuch United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2006-Present) Using our screen to find cases, Judge Gorsuch wrote or joined an opinion in two notable First Amendment cases while on the Tenth Circuit.[1] Riddle v. Hickenlooper, 742 F.3d 922 (10th Cir. 2014) (Gorsuch, J., concurring). Doe v. Shurtleff, 628 F.3d 1217 […]

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Justice Larsen’s Record Offers Few Clues about Her Views on Free Speech

Joan L. Larsen is a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. She was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in September 2015 before being elected to the same seat in 2016. We were unable to find any First Amendment cases of relevance that Justice Larsen has ruled on during her year and a half of service […]

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Charles Canady in Congress: A Strong but Mixed Pro-Free Speech Record

Hon. Charles Canady Florida Supreme Court (2008-Present, 2010-2012 as Chief Justice); Florida Second District Court of Appeal (2002-2008); United States House of Representatives (1993-2001) To learn more about judge Canady’s views on free speech, we reviewed 87 votes on bills or amendments during his congressional service that may have impacted First Amendment speech rights. An […]

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Charles Canady on Judicial Campaign Speech Rights: Pro-Speech, then a Mystery in Williams-Yulee

Hon. Charles Canady Florida Supreme Court (2008-Present, 2010-2012 as Chief Justice); Florida Second District Court of Appeal (2002-2008); United States House of Representatives (1993-2001) Using our initial screen to find cases, Judge Canady wrote or joined an opinion in two First Amendment cases of note while on the Florida Supreme Court. The first was In […]

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Judge Steven Colloton Would Grant Lawmakers “Extreme Deference” to Limit Free Speech

Hon. Steven Colloton United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2003-Present) Using our initial screen to find cases, Judge Colloton wrote or joined an opinion in three notable First Amendment cases while on the Eighth Circuit: Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Inc. v. Swanson, 692 F.3d 864 (8th Cir. 2012) (en banc) (Colloton, […]

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Were efforts to sway Electoral College illegal under FECA? Could be.

The six weeks since the presidential election have seen a new phenomenon: liberals, progressives, and Democrats, and a handful of anti-Trump Republicans engaged in a series of wild efforts to convince Republican members of the Electoral College not to vote for Donald Trump, as pledged. There have been death threats, lesser threats, harassment, and sincere […]

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Comments to FEC regarding Revising Rules on Online Disclaimers to Adapt to New or Emerging Technologies

Via Electronic Filing Attn: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 On October 18, the Commission announced its intention to make “revisions to [its] rules” regarding online disclaimers “in order to adapt to new or emerging technologies.”[1] In response to that Notice, the Center for […]

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Issue One Launches Plan to “Return Government to the American People” By Empowering Government

On Wednesday morning, the self-styled campaign finance “reform” group Issue One hosted an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event, entitled “Returning Government to the People,” was billed as the launch of a new policy initiative to further regulate our campaign finance system. Several members of the press were in attendance […]

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