Monday’s Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s “Clean Elections” law reaffirms that the government may not burden a person’s speech by forcing them to choose between remaining silent or creating an advantage for their political opponent.  Minnesota’s current public financing law appears to run afoul of the new ruling.   Minnesota caps candidate’s spending when she […]

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning handed down a 5-4 ruling in the consolidated cases Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett and McComish v. Bennett, striking down Arizona’s speech-squelching “Clean Elections” law.  The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts, concluded:   Arizona’s program gives money to a candidate in direct response […]

Jeff Patch has a must-read account of the latest affront to unfettered speech on the Internet.  The Federal Election Commission on Wednesday denied a request by the social-media website Facebook that would have allowed the company to sell advertising space to candidates and political parties without requiring the ads to contain a lengthy disclaimer stating […]

Congratulations are due to friend-of-IJ Steve Hoersting, who, along with Dan Backer, Benjamin Barr, and the Center for Competitive Politics, just scored an early victory in Carey v. FEC, a challenge to federal campaign finance laws.   For those who aren’t well-versed in campaign finance law, the legal issue in Carey is somewhat arcane; it […]

My colleague Steve Simpson has an excellent op-ed in today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, discussing the prosecution of former Senator John Edwards for alleged campaign-finance violations.  Here’s a snippet:   It seems that everyone other than the most devoted supporters of campaign-finance laws thinks that the Justice Department’s indictment of John Edwards is […]

Cato Institute Senior Scholar and noted jazz critic Nat Hentoff makes the case for constitutional protection of anonymous speech: