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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 […]

Filed Under: Blog, Carolyn Hunter, Donald Trump, Electoral College, FEC, FECA, Hamilton electors, Hillary Clinton, john podesta, Lawrence Lessig, Lee Goodman, Matthew Petersen, Moral Electors, Unite for America

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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Massachusetts Businesses and Labor Unions Are Entitled to the Same Free Speech Rights

The ability of businesses and unions to participate in electoral politics has long been a contentious topic, particularly in the years since Citizens United v. FEC. That decision struck down a federal ban on independent expenditures from those entities, but not a ban on direct donations from businesses and unions to candidates and parties (those […]

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Self-Styled Campaign Finance “Reformers” Jump the Shark

Self-Styled Campaign Finance “Reformers” Jump the Shark Ten Stunts, Antics, and Exploits That Show Many Anti-Free Speech Activists Have Lost It By Luke Wachob Introduction What do activists do when the government isn’t prioritizing their cause? What does the head of a federal agency do when she doesn’t get her way? What do “good government” […]

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“Drain the Swamp” Means Different Things for Trump Supporters and Speech Regulation Supporters

As the Trump Administration begins to take shape, the media and pro-regulation voices have honed in on the President-elect’s prospective cabinet and its fidelity towards his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” According to academics, self-styled campaign finance “reform” groups, and even current lawmakers, Trump is not only failing to drain the swamp, but has […]

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