The First Amendment Encyclopedia

Presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies

Case Categories: Charitable Solicitations and Freedom of Speech

Almost all states regulate charitable solicitations, but some laws have been ruled unconstitutional under the free speech provisions of the First Amendment.

Some laws that have restricted how charities used funds they've solicited have been invalidated, although disclosure laws about how money has been spent have been generally upheld.

Below are court cases related to First Amendment challenges of state regulations of charitable solicitations.

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