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Friday, July 21 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Victor Bernson, Kent Lassman, Timothy Sandefur; Richard Morrison (mod) - Campaigning for Free Speech (Competitive Enterprise Institute)

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Legal attacks on the free speech and association rights of pro-market groups – and their supporters – have been increasing in recent years at an alarming rate. AFP’s Victor Bernson, CEI’s Kent Lassman, and Goldwater Institute’s Timothy Sandefur will share stories about successfully litigating their free speech cases in court (and in the news media) so that fellow freedom fighters are better armed if they’re similarly attacked. President Kent Lassman will discuss how CEI responded to the subpoena from the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, received on his 2nd day in office, demanding more than a decade’s worth of documents about our energy and climate policy work, including donor names. Vice President and General Counsel Vic Bernson will share how AFP was vindicated in their First Amendment lawsuit against Attorney General Kamala Harris and how her attempted blanket collection and public distribution of confidential donor information was ruled unconstitutional. Vice President Timothy Sandefur will discuss how working on controversial issues can dramatically highlight the need for donor privacy and how that right is being undermined by the fight against so-called “dark money” in politics. CEI Senior Editor Richard Morrison will moderate the discussion.


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Richard Morrison

Senior Editor, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Richard Morrison is a senior editor at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He was previously a program manager at CEI’s Center for Advancing Capitalism, where he coordinated the Center’s outreach to the business community, universities, and other key stakeholders.Before re-joining... Read More →

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Victor Bernson

Americans for Prosperity, Vice President & General Counsel
Victor E. Bernson, Jr. is vice president and general counsel of Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Prior to his arrival at AFP, he served as director of legal affairs at The Pew Charitable Trusts and as general counsel for DCI Group, a political advocacy... Read More →
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Kent Lassman

CEO, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Kent Lassman is president and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he oversees strategy for the free market organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, litigation, and fundraising staff. Prior to joining CEI, Lassman spent eight years as vice... Read More →
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Timothy Sandefur

Vice President, Goldwater Institute
Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute. Before joining Goldwater, he served 15 years as a litigator at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where he won important victories for economic liberty in several states. He is the author of four books, Cornerstone... Read More →

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Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public interest group dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Our mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics. We make the uncompromising... Read More →

Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:20pm MDT