James Madison Center for Free Speech

The James Madison Center for Free Speech is an organization that is designed to defend current campaign finance laws by viewing attempts at regulation as an attack on “the rights of political expression and association by citizens and citizen groups as guaranteed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution” (source). Among these attacks, the organization cites the Federal Election Commission’s effort to regulate issue advocacy, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation, and other efforts such as limiting contributions to candidates and political committees. Like much of the rhetoric of the economic right, the James Madison Center casts this “attack” as one supported by “wealthy individuals and foundations” and the “institutional media,” although articles by the Heritage Foundation and the James Madison Center’s press releases (source) shows that they intervene to protect conservative interests such as the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and the organizing efforts of Right to Life.

Leaders, Members, and Others Associated with the Organization