C’mon, it’s just disclosure! (?)

About Steve Klein

is an attorney with the Pillar of Law Institute, a program of the Wyoming Liberty Group.

UPDATE (12/4 at 4:50 P.M.): Campaign Legal Center attributes the blocking to an error and has unblocked me. Thanks!


Our friends—okay, acquaintances—over at the Campaign Legal Center have long advocated for full disclosure of anything and everything relating to political speech, and even filed a friend-of-the-court brief in our Free Speech case proclaiming that our clients are only subject to “disclosure.”  (That’s right—they underlined it.  In a legal standoff, that’s throwing down the proverbial gauntlet. Yes, I jest.)  I’m a bit more skeptical of “disclosure” that involves filing complicated monthly reports with a federal agency just to criticize candidates, but largely I’ve come to accept that Campaign Legal means well. 

That said, Campaign Legal has little sense of irony. 

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, I’m on the handle @SteveRKlein.  (You can also follow WyLiberty at @WyLibertyGroup.)  To those unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s basically a website that lets one post messages that cannot exceed 140 characters.  One may follow people or institutions to keep up with their latest opinions and happenings, which are organized in a feed on the site’s homepage.  I’m not that active, but I do enjoy following everything going on in the world of campaign finance and making the occasional comment, sometimes snarky but always in good fun.  (There’s only so much one can do with that few characters to work with.)  

Imagine my surprise when Campaign Legal, a group that supposedly believes in full disclosure for, well, anything and everything, blocked me from following their account:

Although I can still view CLC’s tweets, they will not automatically show up in my feed and my responses to its tweets come up short, like this one from Halloween:

You probably still get the joke, but it’s certainly lost some of its oomph.  Now, in fairness, Campaign Legal might not like the humor I’ve bestowed upon its hallowed halls over there in the Beltway.  As a private nonprofit they do indeed have every right to shut me out.  I understand the wholly good purposes behind limited audiences and limited disclosure.  But it’s nevertheless antithetical to a lot of their rhetoric, and quite telling that a group that downplays the many downsides of disclosure can’t even take a little bit of ribbing on the internet without getting sore.

I look forward to continuing the fight for free speech against government censorship and red tape, whether it’s called “disclosure” or anything else.  Campaign Legal is, as always, welcome to engage, or not.  But next time you hear their sermon, remember that they don’t practice what they preach.


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