Wyoming Liberty Group
Last week, the Supreme Court took another step in the right direction to protect free speech. In United States v. Stevens, the Court examined the propriety of the federal government making it illegal to make videos, magazines, or pamphlets that depicted animal cruelty. One problem: the federal law at issue defined “animal cruelty” as not just mutilation or torture, but also the wounding or killing of an animal. That ban meant that producing or possessing anything that depicted humane slaughter, hunting methods, and sport techniques could subject a person to five years imprisonment.
In early February, Americans gather about to watch whether groundhogs see their shadows and get scared or gleefully prance into the year ahead. Just like groundhogs, somewhere along our journey in life, we all have shadows to face. Something amazing happens when we see those shadows for what they are and defeat the fear surrounding them.
In my next set of blog entries, I’ll be discussing the fallout of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United. A national confusion has arisen over the meaning of the case and its role, positive or negative, in our democratic process. Amidst many shouting voices, some historic truths have been overlooked.
Today, much of the popular press coverage of Citizens United focuses not on the victory for freedom at hand, but on a calculated campaign to inspire fear and doubt about trusting people with freedom. The self-styled reform crowd in Washington beats proudly a drum of panic — instilling the message that if more people speak, American democracy itself is doomed.
By Anthony McConnell
A Montana group is taking the lead in overturning that state’s anti-free speech election law.
Western Tradition Partnership and a small painting business have joined forces to bring Montana into compliance with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which cited the Wyoming Liberty Group’s brief filed in the case. The court ruled that the FEC could not limit independent spending by corporations on elections.
Much hullabaloo has been tossed about regarding the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which the Wyoming Liberty Group was proud to take part in. Several news reports of the case showcase countless fears abound about the end of American democracy as we know it because corporations might speak more.
In a landmark decision, which cited the Cheyenne based Wyoming Liberty Group’s amicus brief, the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 21 reversed precedence that limited the ability of Americans to freely participate in the election process.