Wyoming Liberty Group
(Disclaimer: This blog post contains photographs of political signs. Wyoming Liberty Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that cannot, and does not, endorse candidates. We can, however, champion the rights of free people to speak out about candidates, including through political signs.)
We won our lawsuit in Williams v. City of Cheyenne earlier this year, overturning Cheyenne’s restrictive sign ordinance that limited Cheyenne residents to displaying two political signs on their lots during election season. Now, election season is upon us, and many Cheyenne residents are exercising free speech with more than two signs.
Since the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in our case Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (that is, declined to hear the case), one of the issues raised in the case has only become more pressing. We argued that three men in Wyoming who wanted to spend as little as a few thousand dollars on ads criticizing the President and other federal officeholders for their positions on certain issues should not have to register and report as a political committee (“PAC”) with the FEC. This was because Free Speech, though criticizing federal candidates, was not expressly advocating for their election or defeat and, furthermore, did not have the major purpose of electing or defeating candidates.
CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed suit in the Wyoming federal district court today against Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield, challenging the aggregate two-year individual contribution limit of $25,000 under Wyoming law as an unconstitutional abridgment of free speech. The suit is brought on behalf of Dan and Carleen Brophy of Wilson.
CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a motion for preliminary injunction in the case Wills v. Mead today, asking the Wyoming federal court to block the enforcement of a state law that prohibits minor party and independent candidates from accepting political contributions before the August 19 primary.
CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys filed a lawsuit in Wyoming federal court today on behalf of Jennifer Young, Constitution Party candidate for Wyoming Secretary of State, and Don Wills, a Wyoming resident who wishes to contribute money to Young’s campaign, to challenge a state campaign finance law as discriminatory and censorious of free speech.