The Free Speech Coalition, founded in 1993, is a nonpartisan group of ideologically diverse nonprofit organizations and the for-profit organizations which help them raise funds and implement programs. Our purpose is to protect the First Amendment rights of nonprofits and reduce or eliminate the excessive regulatory burdens they face, including the costly and duplicative fund-raising registration requirements now required in almost every state.
Since the beginning of this Republic, there has likely never been a time when public officials have spoken so freely about restricting the free speech and First Amendment rights of American citizens whom they represent. Momentum is high at the federal level and in many states to pass corresponding legislation. We may be facing the greatest threat to our freedoms as public officials and bureaucrats seek to control the content, timing, and funding of public speech and issue advocacy. Yet the First Amendment was written to protect citizens' rights of freedom of speech and association, and the right to petition the government for grievances.
FSC will continue to stand together to preserve our First Amendment rights by upholding constitutional provisions, legislation and regulations that protect these unalienable rights, by countering attacks on these rights, and by seeking to change laws and regulations that violate these rights.


The Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF are saddened to announce the passing of our long-time Executive Director, Richard B. Dingman on April 23, 2014, from pancreatic cancer. Although he supposedly retired in 1999, Dick spent the last 14 and one-half years of his life working for constitutional liberty through the Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF. He will be sorely missed. Two obituaries begin to tell of his fascinating career.

http://www.insidenova.com/news/fairfax/former-vienna-town-council-member-richard-dingman-dies/article_fee96484-d05a-11e3-8238-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/notable-deaths-in-the-washington-area/2014/05/09/92c8ce7c-d5f3-11e3-8a78-8fe50322a72c_story.html


Current Hot Issues

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF amicus brief in Dennys Rodriguez v. United States (November 24, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF statement to the FEC on definition of "federal office" (November 3, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF amicus brief in Nicholas Brady Heien v. North Carolina (June 16, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF amicus brief in United States v. Brima Wurie (April 9, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus (March 3, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Comments to IRS re 501(c)(4) rulemaking (February 27, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF amicus brief in Christopher Hedges v. Barack Obama (January 23, 2014)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in Cotterman v. United States (September 9, 2013)

Letter to Chairmen Issa and Camp (Jul 23, 2013)

Letter to Chairmen Baucus, Hatch, and Grassley (Jul 23, 2013)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in McCutcheon v. United States (May 13, 2013)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in Danielczyk v. United States (December 10, 2012)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in Center for Individual Freedom v. Van Hollen (June 28, 2012)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in United States v. Jones (Merits) (October 3, 2011)

Protection of Charitable Assets Act - Sample letter in opposition to POCAA (Jun 21, 2011)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in United States v. Jones (Petition) (May 16, 2011)

Protection of Charitable Assets Act (Apr 8, 2011)

Opposition to Oversight of Charitable Assets Act (Feb 1, 2011)

Comments on the Oversight of Charitable Assets Act (Nov 2010) (Word doc - right click to save)

Comments on the Oversight of Charitable Assets Act (Oct 29, 2010)

Analysis of the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295) (May 21, 2010)

Free Speech Coalition and FSDEF Amicus Brief in Doe v. Reed (March 4, 2010)

Free Speech Defense and Education Fund Amicus Brief in Citizens United v. FEC (July 30, 2009)

Free Speech Coalition Amicus Brief in National Taxpayers Union v. Social Security Administration (May 11, 2009)

Free Speech Coalition Reply Comments Regarding Cooperative Mail Rule (July 24, 2008)

Free Speech Coalition Comments On Cooperative Mail Rule (June 24, 2008)

Testimony of Jeremiah L. Morgan at Federal Election Commission Hearing on Rulemaking regarding Definition of Electioneering Communications (October 18, 2007)

Free Speech Coalition and Free Speech Defense and Education Fund Comments on the Federal Election Commission's Proposed Regulations on Electioneering Communications (72 FR 50261) (October 1, 2007)

The Unconstitutionality of Congressional Regulation of Grassroots Lobbying: Proposed "Grassroots Lobbying" Registration and Disclosure Legislation in the House of Representatives (April 18, 2007)

Free Speech Coalition Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life (March 23, 2007)

The Unconstitutionality of Section 220 - The So-Called "Grassroots Lobbying" Registration and Disclosure Provisions (January 16, 2007)

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