Wyoming Liberty Group
DENVER, CO – WyLiberty attorneys filed a brief with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) in Denver today. The brief argues that the court should reverse a ruling by Judge Scott Skavdahl of the Wyoming federal district court that denied a preliminary injunction against FEC regulations that require Free Speech to register and report as a political committee (PAC).
Judge Robert Bork passed away this morning. Bork is most remembered in popular culture for the heated confirmation battle he endured in 1987 when he was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Regan, which ended in 42-58 vote by the Senate against his confirmation. (Just one year earlier, Antonin Scalia was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 98-0.) The Supreme Court confirmation process has never been the same, and “borking” is now a reference in some dictionaries.
Last week I made my yearly pilgrimage to Washington, DC. Although much is wrong in our American Rome (the Pax Romana this is not), there are still some diamonds in the rough like the annual Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention.
On Tuesday, Wyoming joined the growing number of states that recognize health care freedom in their state constitutions, with overwhelming passage of Amendment A. A similar state constitutional amendment passed in Alabama, and in Montana a legislative referendum implements a nullification statute. Amendment A took four years to implement, going through three legislative sessions before passing in 2011 with supermajorities in both houses, and finally passing the ballot this week with 77% approval.
by Benjamin Barr, Steve Klein
CHEYENNE — WyLiberty attorneys filed a motion for an emergency injunction with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit today in the case Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) to prevent the enforcement of campaign finance regulations that require groups to register and report with the government to speak about political issues.
Tom DeLay, former House Republican Majority Leader, was convicted of money laundering in Texas in 2010. Late last year, Ben Barr and I filed an amici (friends-of-the-court) brief in the appeal of that case on behalf of WyLiberty and the Center for Competitive Politics in support of overturning DeLay’s conviction. Basically, the prosecutors in the case superimposed Texas money laundering laws onto the state’s election code and squeaked out a conviction that, if upheld, will open the door to criminalizing political speech throughout Texas and, perhaps, beyond.
by Steve Klein, Benjamin Barr
CASPER, WY – Federal District Court of Wyoming Judge Scott Skavdahl denied a request today for a preliminary injunction in Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), ruling that the FEC’s regulations determining whether grassroots groups must register and report with the government as political committees (PACs) are not unconstitutionally vague or overbroad. This prevents Free Speech from discussing issues during this election cycle unless it registers as a PAC.