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Free speech

We work to ensure that advocates are free to express themselves and support issues that matter to them without the fear of reprisal. We’ve also got the backs of journalists who face pushback from the government as a result of their work to hold politicians accountable and to increase government transparency.

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Every American has the constitutional right to support issues they believe in without fear of harassment or retaliation. And it’s not the government’s businesses which groups or causes you support. But across the United States, politicians are working overtime to silence those who seek to hold them accountable, those who favor greater government transparency, or those who hold points of view different from their own. To scare Americans into staying silent, politicians are enacting laws aimed at publicizing their advocacy, called “disclosure laws.”

By naming and shaming individuals who support different viewpoints, these laws effectively prevent everyday Americans from speaking out to advance causes they believe in. We won’t let these crucial First Amendment rights be trampled on.

The Facts

A right to privacy and speech

Liberty Justice Center has worked with advocates in New Mexico, Illinois, Montana, and New Jersey to strike down unfair “disclosure” laws.

We’re representing journalists in Wisconsin and Illinois facing government impediments to doing their job.

Having a voice means more than just talking

Liberty Justice Center is on the front lines of fighting to protect your free speech rights. Our attorneys already are challenging so-called “disclosure” requirements in New Mexico, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Montana. We’ve also got the backs of journalists who face pushback from the government as a result of their work to hold politicians accountable and to increase government transparency.

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Appeals court hears media access case against Evers – Wisconsin Public Radio

In MacIver Institute v. Evers, the Liberty Justice Center represents journalist Bill Osmulski and the John K. MacIver Institute. Osmulski was unconstitutionally excluded from the Governor of Wisconsin’s press conferences, media alerts and public events. The following article by Shamane Mills appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio on October 30, 2020. In a hearing Friday before

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Wisconsin Think Tank Fights Press Blacklisting at Seventh Circuit – Courthouse News

In MacIver Institute v. Evers, the Liberty Justice Center represents journalist Bill Osmulski and the John K. MacIver Institute. Osmulski was unconstitutionally excluded from the Governor of Wisconsin’s press conferences, media alerts and public events. The following article by Lisa Klein appeared on courthousenews.com on October 30, 2020. CHICAGO (CN) — Wisconsin’s governor is unfairly

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Order issued in Illinois Vote By Mail case

Late this afternoon a federal judge ruled in the lawsuit challenging Illinois’ new Vote By Mail program that ballot harvesting is illegal and political operatives cannot collect mass amounts of mail-in ballots and submit them to election authorities.

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Judge Urged to Keep Montana Political Spending Rule – Beaumont Enterprise

The lawsuit announced Wednesday asks a federal judge to strike down Montana’s nearly year-old policy that requires certain businesses seeking contracts with the state to disclose donors and spending on elections.

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Free speech

We work to ensure that advocates are free to express themselves and support issues that matter to them without the fear of reprisal. We’ve also got the backs of journalists who face pushback from the government as a result of their work to hold politicians accountable and to increase government transparency.

About the issue

Every American has the constitutional right to support issues they believe in without fear of harassment or retaliation. And it’s not the government’s businesses which groups or causes you support. But across the United States, politicians are working overtime to silence those who seek to hold them accountable, those who favor greater government transparency, or those who hold points of view different from their own. To scare Americans into staying silent, politicians are enacting laws aimed at publicizing their advocacy, called “disclosure laws.”

By naming and shaming individuals who support different viewpoints, these laws effectively prevent everyday Americans from speaking out to advance causes they believe in. We won’t let these crucial First Amendment rights be trampled on.

The Facts

A right to privacy and speech

Liberty Justice Center has worked with advocates in New Mexico, Illinois, Montana, and New Jersey to strike down unfair “disclosure” laws.

We’re representing journalists in Wisconsin and Illinois facing government impediments to doing their job.

Having a voice means more than just talking

Liberty Justice Center is on the front lines of fighting to protect your free speech rights. Our attorneys already are challenging so-called “disclosure” requirements in New Mexico, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Montana. We’ve also got the backs of journalists who face pushback from the government as a result of their work to hold politicians accountable and to increase government transparency.

Join the fight

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