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Publius Was Not a PAC

The latest issue of the Wyoming Law Review, the legal publication of the University of Wyoming College of Law, features our article “Publius Was Not a PAC: Reconciling Anonymous Political Speech, the First Amendment, and Campaign Finance Disclosure.”  The article is now available on the Law Review’s website.

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What You Didn’t Hear at the Supreme Court

In case you missed it, there’s been quite a kerfuffle at the Supreme Court. The Court recently released its audio recording and transcript of Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness. Usually transcripts and audio recordings aren’t much to write home about, but in this case the Court admits to having doctored them.

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Friend of the Court Jester

“This case concerns amici because the law at issue undermines the First Amendment’s protection of the serious business of making politics funny.”

So begins a friend-of-the-court (amici) brief from our friends at the Cato Institute and P.J. O’Rourke—“America’s leading political satirist”—in the case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, which is pending at the United States Supreme Court. The case is a challenge to an Ohio law that punishes false campaign speech, and the brief hilariously illustrates the pitfalls of such laws. Specifically, the brief utilizes O’Rourke’s legendary wit to show how easily political satire can be censored under the threat of a bureaucrat labeling it “false” speech:

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Wyoming Liberty Group and Republic Free Choice Submit Comments Opposing Proposed IRS Non-Profit Rules

CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group, joined by Republic Free Choice, submitted public comments to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) today, discussing problems with the federal agency’s proposed rulemaking regarding non-profit advocacy groups. The proposed rules come less than a year after the agency admitted to invasive scrutiny of numerous Tea Party groups that applied for nonprofit status.

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This is What a Flawless Free Speech Victory Looks Like

Yesterday, the Cheyenne City Council voted to amend the Cheyenne Unified Development Code to conform to the preliminary injunction we secured against the city in our case Williams v. Cheyenne last week.

What does that mean? The Wyoming Tribune Eagle sums it up nicely:

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WyLiberty Attorneys Partner to Prohibit Unconstitutional Cheyenne Sign Law

UPDATE (3:30 PM): We have received word that Judge Skavdahl has considered and signed the proposed order. Effective immediately, “Defendant City of Cheyenne is enjoined from enforcing the provisions of Article 6.5 and Section 1.3.3 of the Cheyenne Unified Development Code, as those provisions pertain to signs relating to a candidate, issue, proposition, ordinance or other matter to be voted upon by the electors of the city or as those provisions pertain to signs conveying a philosophical, religious, political, charitable or other similar noncommercial message within the City of Cheyenne.”

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Political High Crimes and the First Amendment

Last week, Dinesh D’Souza, a provocative conservative author and anti-Obama filmmaker, was indicted for using straw donors to channel money to a Senate candidate.  Under federal law, individuals may give a maximum of $2,600 per candidate per election.  Schemes to contribute beyond that amount through straw men or other indirect means are illegal.  In Mr. D’Souza’s case, that meant contributing some $20,000 through friends. 

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