As the Supreme Court held in the key free-speech case of Roth v. United States, the First Amendment broadly protects political expression in order to “assure unfettered interchange of ideas for the bringing about of political and social changes desired by the people.” Election-campaign contributions and expenditures facilitate such discourse and are thus vital to our democracy. Yet our current laws stifle political speech and inhibit the unfettered exchange of ideas.

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Commentary

Why Republicans Lost the ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’ War

By Michael F. Cannon. New York Post. November 9, 2018.

Mexico’s AMLO: Rhetoric vs. Reality

By Steve H. Hanke. Forbes.com. July 19, 2018.

Death of the Dinosaurs

By Alberto Mingardi. Politico Europe. March 5, 2018.

Cato Studies

Staring at the Sun: An Inquiry into Compulsory Campaign Finance Donor Disclosure Laws

By Eric Wang. Policy Analysis No. 829. December 14, 2017.

The Internet, Political Polarization, and the 2016 Election

By Levi Boxell, Matthew Gentzkow, and Jesse M. Shapiro. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 88. November 1, 2017.

Compulsory Voting, Turnout, and Government Spending: Evidence from Austria

By Mitchell Hoffman, Gianmarco Leon, and María Lombardi. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 68. January 25, 2017.

Articles

The Rise of Trump in a Changing America

Emily Ekins. Ipsos MORI. June 2017.

Evenwel v. Abbott: The Court Shanks Its Punt on “One Person, One Vote”

Ilya Shapiro and Thomas A. Berry. Federalist Society Review. Vol. 17. No. 2. June 2, 2016.

Shelby County and the Vindication of Martin Luther King’s Dream

Ilya Shapiro. New York University Journal of Law & Liberty. Vol. 8. No. 1. Fall 2013.

Public Filings

Holland v. Williams

By Rebecca C. Furdek and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. January 12, 2018.

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Thomas A. Berry. Legal Briefs. July 3, 2017.

Alabama Democratic Conference v. Attorney General, Alabama

By Ilya Shapiro and Thomas A. Berry. Legal Briefs. January 30, 2017.

Events

NAACP v. Alabama after 60 Years: Should Associational Privacy Still Be Protected by the Constitution?

Featuring Bradley A. Smith, Lawrence Noble, and John Samples. June 28, 2018. Policy Forum.

Will Social Media Save Democracy?

Featuring Alexandra Woodward, Ned Ryun, George Hawley, Katie Harbath, & Andrew Marantz. May 31, 2018. Policy Forum.

Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era

Featuring Mindy Finn, Alex Nowrasteh, Ruy Teixeira, Robert P. Jones, Henry Olsen, Alex Lundry, Emily Ekins, Lisa Dropkin, Patrick Ruffini, & Meira Neggaz. January 25, 2017. Policy Forum.