Generally speaking and on a wide array of pressing issues, Congressman Darrell Issa (R – California…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
Potential Appointment of Rep. Darrell Issa to IP Subcommittee Leadership Raises Concern

Generally speaking and on a wide array of pressing issues, Congressman Darrell Issa (R – California) has proven a reliable leader who maintains solid support among conservatives and libertarians.

The prospect of Rep. Issa leading the House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee, however, has sparked significant opposition and pushback from intellectual property (IP) proponents.  And for sound reasons.

For example, in urging new House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R – Ohio) not to select Rep. Issa for the role, IPWatchdog’s Paul Morinville lists a litany of concerns based upon Issa’s record:

Issa is the wrong person for the job and has demonstrated that since he joined Congress.  He has sponsored and cosponsored…[more]

January 23, 2023 • 10:13 AM

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Jester's Courtroom Legal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts
Campaign Finance
Title Filter     Display # 
# Article Title
1 'Save Our Democracy' Is the New 'Russia Collusion'

At this point, it would save everyone time if Democrats could simply point to a policy agenda item that isn't going to save democracy – if such a thing exists. If Republicans vote, they are killing democracy. If they don't vote, they are killing democracy. The only way to "save democracy," writes The Washington Post's Max…

2 CFIF Urges U.S. Senate to Reject DISCLOSE Act

The Honorable Mitch McConnell Republican Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510    Dear Leader McConnell:   On behalf of the Center for Individual Freedom (hereinafter “CFIF”) and over 300,000 supporters and activists across the nation, I write in strongest opposition to the so-called “Democracy…

3 The Disinformationists

A republic is not just a nation of laws. It also relies on its good-faith watchdogs, such as honest pollsters, the media and bipartisan institutions. We still didn't know the final result of Tuesday's presidential election as of Wednesday night. But there are lots of reasons to worry that something in America has gone terribly wrong. Many of the…

4 Happy Anniversary to Citizens United

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court overturned portions of a federal law that empowered government to dictate how Americans who were not connected to any candidates and political parties could practice their inherent right of free expression. It was one of the greatest free speech decisions in American history. The case of Citizens United revolved around…

5 Castro “Doxxing” of Trump Supporters Reconfirms Need for Donor Privacy Legislation

In recent days, Representative Joaquin Castro (D – Texas), brother of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, used his high-profile platform to tweet the identities and occupations of local donors to President Donald Trump within his district.  Those donors were everyday, ordinary citizens doing nothing more than exercising…

6 Pelosi House’s Top Priority: Chilling First Amendment Speech and Privacy Rights

Well, the new Nancy Pelosi-led House of Representatives has made its top priority clear.  It's outing American citizens for their political beliefs and the causes they support, threatening our First Amendment freedoms of speech, association and political participation.  Among the provisions of the just-introduced H.R. 1, to which they&rsquo…

7 First on Nancy Pelosi's Agenda: Attacking Free Expression

I have zero interest in financially supporting any politician, much less ones I find morally unpalatable. Yet Democrats want to force me — and every other American taxpayer — to contribute, as a matter of public policy, to the campaigns of candidates we disagree with. Believe it or not, this might be an even more dangerous assault…

8 Citizens United Critics' Predictions Have Fallen Flat

Critics of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision were always wrong on the legal merits.  Now, after nearly a decade and several election cycles to assess its impact, critics have proven equally inept in predicting the decision's practical effects.  Regarding the legal merits, the First Amendment commands, "Congress shall…

9 Pew Research Report Strengthens Cause of Donor Privacy

Whether through outright violence or law, liberals continue to wage war against others' First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly and political participation.  From the left-leaning Pew Research Center, however, a new profile of American political donors debunks a central claim of their campaign.  Across America, increasingly emboldened…

10 Leo DiCaprio's Dirty Dollars

Actor-playboy Leonardo DiCaprio walked away from a fender bender in the Hamptons this weekend without a scratch. But the outspoken liberal should not escape unscathed from his train wreck of high-dollar financial dealings with donors and businessmen in one of world's most rotten regimes. Forget about the saving the environment, son. Clean up your…

11 Events Refute "Money Corrupts Politics" Myth

"The Democrats have the ultimate super-PAC.  It's called the mainstream media.  And I'll tell you why.  Last week, Hillary Clinton went before a committee.  She admitted that she sent emails to her family saying, 'Hey, this attack in Benghazi was caused by al Qaeda-like elements.'  She spent over a week telling the families…

12 1st Amendment: Donor Privacy, Not Donor Exposure, Promotes Functioning Democracy

Do you trust the government with information on the political candidates, issue organizations and causes you support, alongside such sensitive personal data as your name, address, phone number and employer?  Should surrendering such information be a condition for simply exercising your First Amendment freedoms of speech and private association…

13 Meet the Censors: The Harvard Law Prof Who Would Reshape American Politics

Meet Lawrence Lessig. A decade ago, the Harvard Law professor was a prominent legal scholar in the field of copyright, intellectual property, and privacy rights. Then he had a revelatory encounter with Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young left-wing Internet activist whose life was tragically cut short by suicide in 2013. As Lessig told the story in a widely…

14 Meet the Censors: Campaign Finance Reformers’ First Amendment Contempt

(First in an occasional series)    Campaign finance reform is the cause du jour for certain federal bureaucrats, activists, law professors and aspiring presidential candidates. It is now an article of faith for would-be reformers that money corruption is pervasive in our elections, and that the only way to combat corruption and its appearance…

15 Senator McConnell: Protecting Free Speech Means Standing Up For It No Matter What

This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on July 24, 2014. One of the glories of the United States is that every two years for more than two centuries, we’ve had a regularly scheduled election without fail and largely without incident. Underlying this grand tradition is a basic bargain: Political victories won’t be…

16 While IRS Scandal Deepens, Liberals Undertake a Rewrite of the First Amendment

This week, the ongoing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal entered a new and more serious phase. Although the scandal reconfirms the sanctity and importance of the First Amendment freedoms of speech and association, some on the left are pursuing precisely the opposite course.   Newly released documents reveal that the IRS campaign to…

17 The IRS, Campaign Finance and Freedom of Association

Amid the unfolding IRS scandal, one important lesson remains underreported.  Going forward and from a broader perspective, it’s also one that may prove particularly potent and lasting.  Specifically, what the debacle teaches in our ongoing debate over campaign finance regulation and the First Amendment freedom of private association…

18 Democrats Exempt Big Labor Benefactors from Legislation Abridging Freedom of Speech

“Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  Those timeless words enshrine the freedoms of speech and political participation within the First Amendment to the United States Constitution…

19 A Victory for Free Speech or More of the McCain?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.  Rarely has a 90-minute argument meant so much for the cause of free speech. In fact, a “proper” disposition of the case could sweep McCain-Feingold’s anti-free speech legislation where it belongs, into the dustbin of history…

20 Big Government, Big Corruption

Here’s one more respect in which the 2008 presidential election failed to offer you a real choice: John McCain and Barack Obama both campaigned on the notion that the root cause of public corruption is political liberty. McCain’s target was the freedom to give money in support of a candidate or cause – a right that he attempted to…

 
Quiz Question   
In what year did Congress pass the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill?
More Questions
Notable Quote   
 
"A group of 25 states on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration, arguing a recent rule allowing retirement plan managers to factor environmental and social issues into investment decisions violated the law.The lawsuit -- led by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and joined by 24 other states including Louisiana, Texas and Virginia -- challenges a Department of Labor (DOL)…[more]
 
 
—Thomas Catenacci, FOX Business
— Thomas Catenacci, FOX Business
 
Liberty Poll   

Although early in Kevin McCarthy's tenure as House Speaker, how would you grade him on his performance thus far?