The Center for Competitive Politics promotes and defends the First Amendment rights to freely speak, assemble, publish, and petition the government through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education. The Center of Competitive Politics is no more; the organization is now the Institute for Free Speech.
The name change is fitting. It signifies a shift to from litigation on campaign-related speech to broader First Amendment principles. One example is the Institute’s fine amicus brief in support of my petition for a writ of certiorari in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. As readers of this blog know, the case involves a ban on all “political” apparel, campaign-related or not. The petition has been relisted twice, and might be taken up by the Court on Monday.
As the Institute’s brief points out:
[The Supreme Court] has found merit in preventing explicit campaigning in the polling place. But extending that principle to reach general statements of political belief unrelated to the ballot is unsupported by this Court’s precedents and cannot survive strict scrutiny. Doing so in order to prevent imagined violence infantilizes Americans, discounts a century of political progress, and encourages the development of a culture inimical to the free and unhindered exchange of views.
Congratulations again to my friends at the Institute for Free Speech.