Author: David Keating & Thomas Wheatley

David Keating is the President of the Institute for Free Speech. Keating has a long and distinguished career in nonprofit advocacy. In addition to his role as Executive Director of Club for Growth, a group dedicated to the promulgation of economic freedom, he has served as executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union and executive director of Americans for Fair Taxation. Thomas Wheatley is an attorney and Adjunct Fellow at the Institute for Free Speech, where he authors op-eds on pertinent free speech issues.

Political spats in Maine are threatening free press rights, and a bad law is at the source of it all. The casualty will be new sources of news. The Maine Democratic Party recently filed a complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission demanding an investigation into the Maine Examiner website and its ties to the Maine Republican Party. Democrats suspected the online publication was operated by their counterparts to help defeat a progressive Lewiston mayoral candidate last year. On Feb. 22, the Maine Ethics Commission voted 3-2 against the motion to investigate. Aside from this spat, the law itself, at least…

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