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New Jersey Agrees Not to Enforce Unconstitutional Anti-Privacy Law

Washington, DC – In a letter filed in federal court yesterday, New Jersey’s Attorney General announced an agreement not to enforce a law requiring nonprofits to publicly expose their donors’ identities. The Institute for Free Speech was one of the first to warn of the proposal’s unconstitutional and speech-chilling effects.

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IFS Attorney Ryan Morrison to Testify on IRS Privacy Reform

Washington, DC – Institute for Free Speech Attorney Ryan Morrison will testify before the IRS tomorrow morning concerning a proposed rule making to protect the personal information of nonprofit donors. Under the rule making, most kinds of nonprofits would no longer be required to report the names and addresses of their major donors on annual tax forms.

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Chairman Bradley Smith Testimony: Citizens United Helps Democracy

Washington, DC – Institute for Free Speech Chairman and former Federal Election Commission Chair Bradley A. Smith will testify Thursday morning before a House of Representatives subcommittee on the impact of the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Smith’s testimony explains that Citizens United benefited democracy by removing legal barriers to speaking about campaigns.

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Analysis: Citizens United Led to More Speech, Better Democracy

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech released an analysis today of the effects of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The analysis highlights seven key outcomes of the ruling over the decade since it was handed down. “Citizens United After Ten Years: More Speech, Better Democracy” shows that the decision increased speech about elections, facilitated rapid political change, and secured fundamental First Amendment rights.

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IFS Asks Supreme Court to Halt California Demand for Nonprofit Donor Names

Alexandria, VA – The Institute for Free Speech late yesterday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California mandate requiring nonprofits and charitable organizations to report the names and addresses of their donors to the state. California’s demand violates the right to privacy in association and ignores over a half-century of Supreme Court precedent.

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Texas Anti-BDS Law is Unconstitutional Viewpoint-Based Discrimination

Alexandria, VA – A Texas law violates the First Amendment right to engage in political boycotts, according to an amicus brief filed late Friday by the Institute for Free Speech (IFS) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The free speech organizations asked the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to rule the law unconstitutional.

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Media/Videos

Nick Greco Explanation of direct democracy

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Nick and GS Pinto The advocates show episode #1 ​​​​​​​

Nick Greco and Ray Ricard What the statue of Westminster really did for the dominions.

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