The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is no friend of Republicans or conservatives, but it has traditionally been a defender of free speech and First Amendment rights, especially for marginalized and unpopular speakers. While there are signs that its traditional support for civil liberties is waning and being replaced by support for liberal policy goals (the current pop-up on their website reads: "We need you with us: Donate monthly to fight Trump's attacks on people's rights."), the ACLU still will support some First Amendment rights. For example, earlier this month, the ACLU sent a letter to the House Rules Committee opposing H.R. 1 despite supporting many of its election administration "reforms":
Much has been said about the ACLU, and I appreciate what the ACLU does on many scores, but they have a storied history of litigating constitutional issues that I support. However, we have differed on our approach to campaign finance laws. They have upheld and supported the Citizens United decision and they oppose McCain-Feingold. While I support so much of the good work they do, I think they are mistaken on this issue.
This was during debate over an amendment to H.R. 1 offered by Rep. Green that expressed support for free speech and that Democrats opposed and defeated because of this language in the offered amendment:
Political speech, including the financial contributions to political or issue advocacy campaigns, is a vital part of our Nation's free exchange of ideas and avenues of free expression must be preserved and protected.
This was one of the more illuminating moments in the entire debate over H.R. 1. Not only are modern Democrats not willing to support a statement that political speech is vital to our free exchange of ideas, the ACLU's support for First Amendment free speech and associational rights is no longer acceptable or even persuasive to them. And this is not only the emerging socialist wing of the Democratic Party; this included every single House Democrat, not one of whom was willing to recognize the ACLU's concerns and vote against H.R. 1.