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Free Speech and Association

March 05, 2021

Daily Journal: One step closer to professional freedom

Mandatory bars associations, also called integrated or unified bars, combine government agency regulations with trade association-style politicking. Assuming that mandatory bar associations were best suited to handling admission, education, and regulation of attorneys, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Lathrop v. Donohue (1961) that states did not i ...

February 22, 2021

The government can’t prevent you from fundraising for nonprofits

When Adam Kissel, a longtime advocate for civic education, agreed to give the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History (JMC) a helping hand with fundraising, he assumed he would simply be communicating with potential donors who might be open to supporting the organization's mission. Instead, Kissel found himself on ...

February 16, 2021

The Hill: The PRO Act’s ‘ABC test’ fails American workers

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act threatens the freedom of millions of independent contractors — at a moment when Americans most need freedom and flexibility in their employment. The PRO Act, after failing to pass in the last Congress, was recently reintroduced. With Democrats controlling the House of Representatives and Senate, and with t ...

January 28, 2021

The case against cancel culture

Freedom of speech is a core value in American society. There is a reason our Founders included it as the First Amendment to our Constitution. Both our intellectual and economic lives depend on the free exchange of ideas and information. Pacific Legal Foundation is committed to protecting an individual's right to free speech. While our ...

January 20, 2021

Daily Journal: California’s attack on donor privacy draws supreme scrutiny

Do you have the right to privately support charities and causes you believe in? And what standard applies when the government seeks to discover otherwise-anonymous donors' identities from nonprofit organizations? On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra to clarify the answers to those qu ...

January 20, 2021

Despite ”Cancel Culture” growing, America’s freedom of speech is strong

From politics, to sports, to entertainment, "politically correct" speech is becoming more and more of a buzzword. A recent NPR/PBS poll showed that people feel they can speak their mind less than in years past. Depending on your perspective—and sometimes your politics—this is either a good or a dangerous thing. But regardless of how one ...