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Free Speech and Association

December 11, 2019

Some politicians are trying to take away nonprofit donors’ First Amendment right to privacy

The First Amendment protects your right to speak, assemble, and petition the government. Yet there are ways to limit and obstruct speech without banning it. When political leaders want to silence a critic or muzzle a burgeoning cause, they often do so by placing onerous conditions on those who dare to speak. Today, one of ...

November 25, 2019

A shocking 61% of Americans want more restrictions on free speech. Here’s why they’re dead wrong

In October, the Campaign for Free Speech published poll results showing a shocking shift in American attitudes toward free expression, especially among younger people. Among those results: 61% of Americans agree that free speech should be restricted, and 51% believe that the First Amendment, ratified in 1791, should be rewritten to reflect the new ...

November 08, 2019

Seattle homeowners ask Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of “Democracy Vouchers”

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation asked the Supreme Court of the United States to grapple with the constitutionality of Seattle's new-fangled campaign finance scheme, known as the "Democracy Voucher." "Democracy Vouchers" impose a special property tax levy, then give the revenue to private citizens in the form of vouchers, which they can use only ...

November 07, 2019

The NCAA’s new rule lets athletes get paid; some athletes should have been allowed all along

On October 29, 2019, the NCAA shocked the sports world when it announced it was modifying its rules to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their names, images, and likenesses "in a manner consistent with the collegiate model." This is an about-face for the organization that, for decades, has banned student athletes ...

November 04, 2019

The Hill: Free speech rights don’t stop at the voting booth

Voters across the country know tomorrow is Election Day. But what they probably don't know is that when they go to vote, they'll be subject to stringent restrictions on their freedom of speech from the moment they arrive at their polling place. Free speech may be one of our nation's bedrock civil liberties under the ...

October 31, 2019

Government unions are trying to trap employees into paying union fees for life

Last summer, the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME affirmed that it is unconstitutional to force state employees to pay a public employee union simply to keep their job. Workers may choose for themselves if they want to join and pay a union. Unfortunately, Janus isn't stopping government unions from trying to trap state workers ...