Professor Jeffrey Rosen has written an attack on Citizens United v. FEC that attempts to transform the progressive complaints against the case into the main reason for the loss of “Americans’ confidence in their political system.” Rosen presents no evidence for this assertion, of course, perhaps because none exists. The Pew Charitable Trust’s recent poll […]

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.  To mark the occasion, the Institute for Justice has released public statements defending that ruling and defending the rise of so-called “Super PACs” as a means for people to pool their resources to speak out about political candidates: […]

Rebecca Rosen of The Atlantic reports that Microsoft has joined with Nike and other for-profit corporations to advocate for gay marriage in Washington State:   In a week of tech industry protests about censorship, one company—Microsoft—is lending its voice to a different political cause: gay marriage.   It has joined with five other businesses (Vulcan, […]

Writing for The Atlantic, Wendy Kaminer has a must-read takedown of the efforts by Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and his opponent, professor Elizabeth Warren, to keep third-party groups from speaking out against their candidacies.  Here’s a snippet:   Warren apparently wants the press to help silence outside groups. According to the Boston Globe, she has […]

This Saturday, voters in South Carolina will cast their ballots to decide which candidate they want to represent their party in the 2012 presidential election. Saturday also marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. As anyone who has followed the presidential campaign knows, Citizens United and its […]

At the stroke of midnight this morning, popular Internet sites went “dark” in order to protest two anti-piracy bills under consideration in Congress: the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Instead of finding informative entries on topics of interest, visitors to Wikipedia’s English website will find an ominous […]

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed a lower-court decision upholding a federal law that prohibits noncitizens who lawfully reside in the United States—except for “permanent residents,” i.e., “green card” holders—from spending money to influence U.S. elections.  IJ had submitted a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to hear the case, Bluman v. FEC.   […]