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Embracing a Prospective First Amendment for Campaign Finance Disclosure

One of the silliest carve-outs (or exceptions) in modern campaign finance law is the so-called “Socialist Workers” exemption to campaign finance reporting. The Supreme Court ruled in the 1976 case Buckley v. Valeo that if certain groups could show retaliation and oppression due to their views, they could be exempted from disclosing their contributors publicly. The Socialist Workers Party achieved this in 1982 after prolonged litigation that also went to the Supreme Court. The Federal Election Commission recently renewed the SWP’s exemption in 2013

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WyLiberty Arguments End Political Inquisition in Texas

CHEYENNE – The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in Texas v. DeLay today that evidence used to convict former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010 was insufficient, affirming an earlier appeal that overturned DeLay’s verdict. The court’s opinion reaffirms arguments made by Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys Benjamin Barr and Steve Klein in friend-of-the-court briefs filed in both appeals.

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WyLiberty Attorney Opposes Unconstitutional Changes to State Hiring Practices

CHEYENNE – WyLiberty attorney Steve Klein submitted comments in a memorandum to the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information (“A&I”) today, discussing constitutional problems with two proposed changes to the State of Wyoming Personnel Rules. The memo argues that these provisions are vague and overbroad, and threaten the free speech and association of applicants for state employment.

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Laramie Amends Unconstitutional Sign Law

LARAMIE — The Laramie City Council adopted an ordinance last night removing the unconstitutional time limitations imposed by the Laramie Unified Development Code on political signs following an accelerated review process that began with a June 30 notice to Laramie City Officials from WyLiberty staff attorney Boyd Wiggam identifying constitutional violations in the City’s sign regulations.

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WyLiberty Attorneys Win Aggregate Contribution Limit Case

CHEYENNE – Judge Alan Johnson of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming approved a settlement in Brophy v. Maxfield today, halting the enforcement of a two-year aggregate contribution limit under Wyoming law. The settlement ends a lawsuit filed by Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys in July that challenged the aggregate limit as an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

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Laramie has a Free Speech Problem

This article was first published in the Laramie Boomerang on August 10, 2014. 

The city of Laramie is quick to remind residents where they cannot place political signs. However, the city should announce that residents may place political signs supporting any candidate.

As written, the city’s political sign regulations functionally treat signs differently depending on which candidate the political sign supports. Such regulations more closely resemble rules dictators use than the American constitutional system of democracy.

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WyLiberty Wins Free Speech Case for Minor Party and Independent Candidates

CHEYENNE, WY – Judge Alan B. Johnson of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming approved a settlement in the case Wills v. Maxfield today, issuing a consent order that halts enforcement of certain campaign finance laws against minor party and independent candidates and their contributors. The order comes a few weeks after the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General responded to a motion for preliminary injunction, agreeing that injunction should issue.

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