Wyoming Liberty Group

We here at the Wyoming Liberty Group strive to bring you the latest information. Please enjoy the blogs and comment on them often.

WyLiberty Attorneys File Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of State Campaign Finance Law

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.

“Republican and Democratic candidates can raise money for state primary races and, by extension, the general election,” said Steve Klein, WyLiberty staff attorney.  “But candidates like Young, who are nominated through party convention and do not run in a primary, cannot raise a dime until after the primary date. This is censorship, plain and simple.”

A similarly worded Colorado law was recently ruled unconstitutional by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Wyoming.  The new lawsuit also challenges part of Wyoming law that allows major party candidates to raise twice as much money from an individual contributor in a given race.

“A major party candidate can raise up to $1,000 from a contributor for a primary election, then raise another $1,000 from the same contributor for the general election,” said Benjamin Barr, counsel to WyLiberty. “The advantages of identifying with a major party are already staggering, and the law helps protect their monopoly.”

Young will face the winner of the Republican primary in the general election, a race with four contenders.

“A contentious and well-publicized race is already under way, but neither Young nor Wills can meaningfully participate until after the August primary,” said Boyd Wiggam, counsel on the case. “We hope to resolve this matter quickly on behalf of candidates, contributors and voters alike.”

WyLiberty plans to file for preliminary injunction in the case to immediately allow third party and independent candidates to raise and accept funds. 

Contact

Steve Klein, staff attorney, 307-632-7020

Bobbing for MRAPs in Wyoming
Never Build that Here Again?

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Search - Ohanah
Search - Tags
Search - Categories
Search - Contacts
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Web Links
Search - Blog

Blog Post Calendar

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar

tax button front