Wyoming Liberty Group
AUSTIN, TX – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief today on behalf of WyLiberty and the Center for Competitive Politics in Texas v. DeLay. The brief is the second filed on behalf of both organizations, discussing the free speech implications of a criminal case with origins over a decade old.
Last week we filed a supplemental brief in Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), a case that we brought on behalf of a small Wyoming grassroots group against the speech regulators in Washington, DC. We’re hopeful that our case will be heard, because the issues we raised nearly two years ago when we filed suit have only become more pressing. Our case challenges several FEC regulations as unconstitutionally vague and overbroad, meaning the average person cannot understand how to comply with them and thus risks fines and penalties just for speaking out about national politics. Our brief focuses on recent events at the FEC which further indicate that even the agency itself (the supposed experts) cannot agree on what the regulations mean.
In 2010, the website PolitiFact called Republican claims that Obamacare is a “government takeover” of healthcare the “Lie of the Year.” Last year, PolitiFact gave the title to President Obama’s claim that under Obamacare “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Obviously, PolitiFact’s authority over what constitutes a “lie” is questionable given the contradiction between these two awards, and the website is subject to the same scrutiny we give everyone who speaks out about politics. But what if government gets to decide what constitutes “false” speech in politics and punish the “liars”?
CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a supplemental brief with the United States Supreme Court today in the case Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), discussing recent events at the FEC and how they should impact the Court’s review of Free Speech’s case.
CREW—Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington—opposes just about every free speech position on campaign finance law, and supplements its policy arguments with a good deal of obfuscation. Such is politics. Nevertheless, recent revelations in the IRS scandal show that CREW selectively applies its standards of “responsibility and ethics” to those they disagree with over policy matters.
This year’s parade of electoral horribles is out again. Every year that the Supreme Court hears a challenge to campaign finance laws a small band of self-titled reformers cry out in customary despair. These last two weeks have been no different following the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC.
CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys delivered a letter to the Wyoming Secretary of State and Attorney General today, asking them to immediately cease enforcement of a provision of the Wyoming Election Code that limits aggregate political contributions in state elections to $25,000. The letter follows a decision by the United States Supreme Court last week, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which overturned the aggregate contribution limit in federal law as an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech.