In the United States we have Freedom of Association and Freedom of Speech protected by the 1stAmendment. Speech can take various forms. It can be a person speaking. It can be written words. It can be performance art. And it can even be you giving money to a group to educate voters or engage in issue advocacy.
 
Lately, there has been a big push against the idea of free speech and freedom of association. Some have labeled this practice as “Dark Money”. In Arkansas those who decry Dark Money try to point to groups who spend money on issue advocacy. These groups are typically 501(c)(4) nonprofits who do not directly advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate but do educate the voters on issues and voting records of public officials.
 
Under clear U.S. Supreme Court precedents (including Citizens United), money is speech!
 
Unfortunately, special interests and politicians themselves are trying to silence groups that speak out and educate voters or tell the people what government and politicians are doing. This effort has mainly been pushed by liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, and Kamala Harris.
 
The establishment’s response has been to try and silence groups that speak out. Although they do not overtly call for the silencing of speech, they try to intimidate groups that associate together by trying to make them disclose their donors so that they may then be targeted and attacked for their speech and association.
 
This quiz highlights some of the main principles underlying the importance of free speech, including the freedom to associate together and spend money to get your speech out there to the masses.

Transparency is for government, privacy is for the people.

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* 1. May people in the United States freely associate together and spend their money engaging in issue advocacy and other free speech?

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* 2. Which President added new requirements forcing nonprofit organizations to disclose their top donors to the IRS?

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* 3. Which President removed those new requirements forcing nonprofit organizations to disclose their top donors to the IRS?

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* 4. In the now famous Citizens United Supreme Court case that made it clear that money is speech, what was the name of the movie that Citizens United produced that the government tried to prevent from being aired?

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* 5. May 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations spend unlimited money with no financial disclosure to advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate for office.

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* 6. In the U.S. Supreme Court case NAACP vs. Alabama, what was the holding?

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* 7. Who is transparency for?

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* 9. In what town do you live?

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