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Daily Media Links 9/22: Democratic senators preparing bill to deal with online political advertising, Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation, and more…

In the News The Hill: Congress should protect political speech by ignoring Disclose Act By Bradley Smith and Eric Wang This latest allegation of foreign interference with our elections inevitably will be used as fodder to support the newest iteration of the so-called “Disclose Act.” Over the summer, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a tweaked […]

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Daily Media Links 9/21: After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics, Fate Is Uncertain for House GOP’s Campaign Finance Riders, and more…

CCP Cato Institute Holds First Amendment-Focused Constitution Day Symposium By Joe Albanese The first panel, titled “First Amendment Challenges,” was moderated by Ilya Shapiro, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato and the Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. That discussion featured Clay Calvert, Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project […]

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Daily Media Links 9/20: Dressing Down Minnesota over its Dress Code for Voters, The rush – and risks – to regulating online political ads, and more…

Supreme Court American Thinker: Dressing Down Minnesota over its Dress Code for Voters By Wen Fa When you show up to vote in the North Star State, you are forbidden from wearing any apparel with a design, logo, or slogan with even the slightest hint of a political connotation, even if the slogan doesn’t have […]

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Daily Media Links 9/19: Both parties to move on Facebook and other tech giants, A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech, and more…

In the News Law360: Texan FEC Pick Unlikely To Be Derailed By Tweet Drama By Michelle Casady Trainor has previously represented conservative group Empower Texans, which has fought the Texas Ethics Commission on the disclosure of political donors. But David Keating, president of the nonprofit group Center for Competitive Politics, an organization whose stated mission […]

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Daily Media Links 9/18: The Unaccountable IRS, Bill allowing unlimited political spending by corporations, unions passes state Senate, and more…

IRS Weekly Standard: The Unaccountable IRS By The Editors On September 8, Donald Trump’s Justice Department announced it would not be reopening an investigation into the conduct of Lois Lerner, the IRS official responsible for targeting and harassing conservative groups in the 2010 and 2012 elections. That investigation had ended in 2015, when Barack Obama’s […]

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Daily Media Links 9/15: U.S. election agency seeks comment after Facebook cites Russian ads, As G.O.P. Moves to Fill Courts, McConnell Takes Aim at an Enduring Hurdle, and more…

In the News Bloomberg BNA: Conservatives, Reporters, Farmers Back Robber at Supreme Court By Jordan S. Rubin Though the justices are asked to decide whether the Fourth Amendment applies in Carpenter’s case, some of the outside briefs are concerned with another amendment: the First. One of the First Amendment-focused briefs comes from the Reporters Committee […]

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Daily Media Links 9/14: Congress Considers Changes to Trade Association Prior Approval Rules, Senate Panel Likely to Ask Facebook to Publicly Detail Russian Activity on Platform During Election, and more…

CCP CCP Job Opening: Attorney, First Amendment Litigation The Center for Competitive Politics is expanding its litigation team. We are looking for an experienced attorney to take a leading, independent role in First Amendment cases brought in federal and state courts. [Please click on the link above for a detailed description of job responsibilities, requirements, […]

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Daily Media Links 9/13: Trump nominates Texas lawyer Trey Trainor for Federal Election Commission, The Better IRS Reform, and more…

FEC Washington Examiner: Trump to nominate Texas lawyer to FEC By Diana Stancy Correll The White House announced Tuesday evening that President Trump intends to nominate James Trainor III of Texas to be a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission for the remainder of a 6-year term, which would last until April 2021. Once officially […]

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Daily Media Links 9/12: Does Big Philanthropy Threaten Democracy? A Dialogue on The Givers, Denver City Council approves new rules requiring reports of dark-money spending in elections, and more…

In the News NMPolitics.net: New Mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemaking By Bradley Smith and Paul Gessing Doug Nickle’s recent column (“Campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in NM”) is an example of Orwellian doublespeak at its best… Even as Nickle urges support for rules reducing citizen privacy, he avers […]

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Daily Media Links 9/11: DOJ denies GOP request to reopen case against former IRS official Lois Lerner, Nestled in House Spending Bill: Campaign Finance Deregulation, and more…

The Courts Newseum Institute: State High Courts Can Provide Greater Free-Speech Protections By Lata Nott Forty years ago in the Harvard Law Review,U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan described state constitutions as “a font of individual liberty, their protections often extending beyond those required by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of federal law.”    Brennan urged state high […]

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