Print Column: Measure 1 Is an Affront to the First Amendment


MINOT, N.D.—A group calling themselves the North Dakotans for Public Integrity is backing Measure 1, a constitutional ballot measure sold as an “anti-corruption amendment.”

Yet the NDPI aren’t really North Dakotans so much as a local front group for Hollywood activists, judging by their financial disclosures, and their proposed amendment isn’t “anti-corruption” so much as anti-free speech.

“The initiative could raise serious First Amendment concerns because of the additional vague rules it appears to impose on citizens and groups that wish to speak about public matters and state government,” Eric Wang, a senior fellow at the Institute for Free Speech who monitors campaign finance laws and speech policies around the nation, said in a recent report about Measure 1.

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