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    This Ohio Law Bans Campaign ‘Lies.’ Today Supreme Court Heard a Challenge Against It

    Today, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving a constitutional challenge to an Ohio law that makes it a crime to make a false statement about a candidate during a political campaign. During the 2010 elections, Susan B. Anthony List, a national pro-life advocacy group, criticized members … More

    Q&A on Supreme Court's New Campaign Finance Decision

    The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that it is unconstitutional to limit the total amount of money someone can give to political candidates. The limit remains on the amount you can give to each individual candidate ($2,600 per election), but now, you can give to an unlimited number of candidates. We … More

    Inside the IRS Corruption Scandal

    Sure, a high-level IRS official left after the scandal erupted last year about the agency targeting conservative groups. But what good did it do? IRS officials admitted that groups with conservative leanings, especially with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, had been targeted for special scrutiny, asked … More

    Obama's Remarks to the U.N. Were Damaging to Free Speech

    On Tuesday, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson characterized free speech not as a fundamental right, but as a “privilege” given to us by the U.N. Specifically, he referred to “the freedom of speech, the freedom of expression” as a: gift given to us by the [Universal] Declaration of Human Rights, but … More

    Hoyer Breaks with Obama over Executive Order on Political Speech

    We have had the first break in the Democratic cone of silence over President Obama’s proposed Executive Order that attempts to implement provisions of the failed DISCLOSE Act.  The EO would require government contractors to report all of their contributions (including the personal contributions of their employees) to candidates, as … More

    Is Obama Circumventing Congress to Restrict Political Speech?

    Is President Barack Obama trying to perform an end-run around Congress in order to implement restrictions on political speech? It’s a question that 27 senators put to President Obama in a letter this week in which they urged him to reconsider a draft executive order (EO) that would require government contractors … More

    Impending Government Censorship

    Last week, eight former commissioners from the Federal Election Commission (including me) tried to warn a committee in the House of Representatives that a bill it was about to vote on was not only unnecessary, but so burdensome to the right of political speech and advocacy that it violates the … More