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Demons at Democracy’s Doorstep? A Reflection on McCutcheon

This year’s parade of electoral horribles is out again.  Every year that the Supreme Court hears a challenge to campaign finance laws a small band of self-titled reformers cry out in customary despair.  These last two weeks have been no different following the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC

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WyLiberty Attorneys Call for Immediate Change to Wyoming Election Law

CHEYENNE – Wyoming Liberty Group attorneys delivered a letter to the Wyoming Secretary of State and Attorney General today, asking them to immediately cease enforcement of a provision of the Wyoming Election Code that limits aggregate political contributions in state elections to $25,000. The letter follows a decision by the United States Supreme Court last week, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which overturned the aggregate contribution limit in federal law as an unconstitutional abridgement of free speech.

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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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