Wyoming Liberty Group
CHEYENNE –WyLiberty attorneys filed a motion for preliminary injunction in Free Speech v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), a case that began in Wyoming federal court last month. The motion calls for a nationwide injunction against campaign finance regulations that require grassroots groups to register and report with the federal government just to criticize it.
by Steve Klein, Benjamin Barr
Here in the high plains and even higher mountains of Wyoming reside a variety of people, many of whom are growing wearier and wearier of the Obama Administration’s policies. Whether sharing in nationwide debates over insurance mandates for contraceptives or discussing the particular threat of new labor regulations that would restrict children in ranching and farming families from learning the family business, many Wyoming residents feel like they’re a lot farther than 1,500 miles from the Beltway. Despite this disconnect, federal issues remain important to Wyomingites, and recently three retirees decided to band together in a group called Free Speech and speak out.
- A double-edged waste of resources
One of the rights embodied in the First Amendment is the right to talk to legislators. These days, some groups spend a lot of money to talk to legislators and this has sent the liberal left into a frenzy. Liberals’ solution to the perceived problem of spending vast amounts to lobby government is to limit citizens’ ability to speak to their legislators. Here’s a thought: instead of stomping all over a citizen’s First Amendment rights, perhaps a better approach would be to remove the reason to spend so much money to talk to legislators – the massive amount of other peoples’ money the political class can arbitrarily hand out to powerful and well-connected special interest groups.
In 1979, in the twilight of the Jimmy Carter presidency, Ferrari North America entrusted journalist P.J. O’Rourke, then with Car and Driver magazine, with a Ferrari 308GTS. His assignment was to drive the car from New York to Los Angeles, where it would be delivered to Hawaii for a television movie. (That TV movie, it turns out, was the pilot for the successful series Magnum, PI.)
If you’ve recently seen the headlines declaring Wyoming as one of the most corrupt states in America, you might be scratching your head. Not that long ago the media instructed us that Wyoming was the “best run state” in the nation. Now, enter stage left, the Center for Public Integrity. This self-styled “reform” organization suggests that Wyoming is more corrupt than the Sopranos’ New Jersey, more corrupt than Blagojevich’s Illinois, and perhaps more corrupt than Marion Barry’s D.C.
More than two years after the Citizens United decision, the GOP is steeped in a prolonged presidential primary season, and so-called campaign finance “reformers” are both smug and upset about it. This morning, law professor and election law expert Rick Hasen published an opinion piece in Politico, “Of Super PACs and corruption.” He believes that “[i]t’s time to rethink the whole relationship between independent spending and corruption. Independent spending—and contributions funding independent spending—can indeed spawn corruption both directly and indirectly.”
Yesterday afternoon, the Wyoming Senate adopted Joint Conference Committee Report 1 for Senate File 1, the Senate’s budget bill. Among many other things, this report removes a provision that would have continued funding the Healthy Frontiers program for another year.