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A Government of Laws and Not of Men

Benjamin Barr

Over at the Wyoming Liberty Group, I’ve written extensively about campaign finance reform and its danger to the First Amendment. Through Republic Free Choice, I’d like to examine this theme a bit more deeply.

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Public Campaign Action Fund Discovers the Value of Free Speech

This week, the people in Virginia spoke and no amount of money could stop them.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a stinging loss to primary challenger Dave Brat.  For those who despair the role of money in elections this primary upset is a curious case.  Cantor, who raised nearly $5.5 million in funding, enjoyed a 26:1 cash advantage over Brat, who drummed up only $200,000 for his campaign. 

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WyLiberty Attorney Testifies for Changes to Wyoming Campaign Finance Law

SHERIDAN, WY – Wyoming Liberty Group attorney Steve Klein testified before the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee today, his second appearance before the committee in their two-day meeting. Klein testified in favor of amending the Wyoming Election Code to comply with the recent United States Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, eliminating aggregate contribution limits to Wyoming candidates.

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WyLiberty Attorneys File Free Speech Brief in Texas Case

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.

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C’mon, it’s just disclosure! (FEC edition)

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.

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Government Truth Commissions Make Politics Dirtier

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”?

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WyLiberty Attorneys File Brief Highlighting Government Secrecy

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.

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