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Independent and minor party candidates in the state of Wyoming can start fundraising today after a ruling in the United State District Court for the District of Wyoming issued an order to halt enforcement of a Wyoming election law and approving a settlement in the lawsuit.
"As the consent order is written, minor party and independent candidates and contributors are now on equal footing with major party candidates and contributors," said Barr. "It's hard enough to compete outside of the major parties, but state campaign finance laws can no longer protect the Republican and Democrat monopoly."
The court's consent order will allow fundraising to begin now rather than require candidates to wait for the Wyoming Legislature to change the law in the next session.
"We can't get in a time machine and go back to fix the censorship that was there," said Steve Klein, Wyoming Liberty Group staff attorney and co counsel to Wills and Young. "Fortunately, there is still time, and in many ways, the primary gets its most heated in the next few weeks."
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"The historic advantages are still there," Klein said. "There is a long way to go before any minor party becomes a contender of a third party in Wyoming. At least now, the legal protections that were given to Republicans and Democrats are gone when it comes to fundraising. It's a great day for free speech."
Klein said the candidates still face a tough task in running against majority parties.
The law prohibited candidates nominated by party conventions rather than primaries from fundraising before the Aug. 19 primary. The case, brought by secretary of state candidate Jennifer Young; one of Nike Janoski Jeans
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her supporters, Donald Wills of Pine Bluffs; and the Wyoming Liberty Group, sought to level the playing field.
Young and Wills agreed in the settlement to drop Gov. Matt Mead as a defendant in the lawsuit.
The deal also requires the state to pay more than $7,400 in legal fees.
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Wyoming Liberty Group's Benjamin Barr said this allows majority candidates to raise double the funds and creates an added obstacle for independent candidates.
The consent order to cease enforcement of the law takes effect immediately, but the changes in Wyoming law won't come until the Legislature passes new voting policy.
The new order gives independent and Nike Stefan Janoski Digi Floral minor party candidates equal opportunities to fundraise he said.
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