ON-Lion Letter
SpeechNow.org is a new group of citizens formed to protect the First Amendment at the ballot box on Election Day 2008 and beyond.  But before it can advocate for or against candidates based on their stand on free speech, it must go to court to secure its own First Amendment rights.

Represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ) in Arlington, Va., and the Center for Competitive Politics in Alexandria, Va., SpeechNow.org, along with members and supporters, filed a federal lawsuit in mid-February.  The SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission complaint challenges the campaign-finance law that requires SpeechNow.org to become a "political committee" in order to advocate for or against candidates.  IJ and CCP have requested a preliminary injunction against the law and asked for an expedited hearing on that request.

Federal law and the Federal Election Commission forbid anyone from giving SpeechNow.org more than $5,000 per year and impose a host of complicated rules on the group.

"The First Amendment guarantees individuals the right to speak without limit, so it should be common sense that groups of individuals have the same rights," IJ senior attorney Steve Simpson said.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports IJ.
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