What Is Political Speech?

Political speech refers to a statement or a comment that is made about the actions of the government as opposed to about private or individual actions. In the United States, this type of speech is generally tied to the freedom of expression and is protected by the First Amendment.

Statements or art of a political nature can be considered political speech unless it is defamatory or obscene in nature. Critique of the personal actions of a political figure, for example, could be legally considered libel or slander and is not protected by the First Amendment. As of 2015, certain types of political speech created in support of a political candidate or figure can be restricted by campaign finance laws at the federal and state levels.