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CRS reports for Congress on First Amendment topics

Note: The Congressional Research Service is a branch of the Library of Congress that provides nonpartisan research to the U.S. Congress. First Amendment Center Online compiled this section from public records posted to the Web by individual congressmen. This is the first time that CRS reports on First Amendment topics have been collected online. Reports will be added as warranted. CRS may update these reports from time to time; every effort will be made to present the most recent versions.

Campaign finance

  • Campaign Finance Bills in the 107th Congress: Comparison of S. 27 (McCain-Feingold), H.R. 2356 (Shays-Meehan), H.R. 2360 (Ney-Wynn), and Current Law
  • Campaign Finance Regulation Under the First Amendment: Buckley v. Valeo and Its Supreme Court Progeny

  • Note: CRS also has produced a video related to campaign finance. From an item posted at

      "Campaign Finance Law and Litigation
      September 16, 2003
      Product No: MM70053
      This program provides an overview of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), also known as "McCain-Feingold," and the pending Supreme Court litigation, McConnell v. FEC, where plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of key BCRA provisions. Related Supreme Court decisions are also discussed, including the recently decided Beaumont v. FEC, upholding the prohibition on contributions by tax-exempt corporations. Taped as part of the American Law Division's Federal Law Update series."

    Because CRS furnishes materials only to members of Congress, individuals should contact their representative or senators about obtaining a copy of this video.

Charitable Choice

Child pornography, obscenity, indecency


Freedom of information

Hate crimes
  • Hate Crimes: Sketch of Selected Proposals and Congressional Authority


Journalist privilege/shield law

  • "Journalists' Privilege: Overview of the Law and Legislation in the 109th and 110th Congresses," updated Oct. 18, 2007.

School vouchers

Security information & secrecy

Speech, press


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