Third Party Candidates Push for Injunction

by Associated Press – 4 July ’14

A candidate for Wyoming secretary of state is asking a federal judge to block the state from enforcing a fundraising prohibition that only affects third-party candidates.

Jennifer Young of Torrington is Constitution Party candidate for secretary of state. She and Pine Bluffs resident Donald Wills on Wednesday asked a federal judge to grant a preliminary injunction against the state.

Young and Wills sued Gov. Matt Mead and Secretary of State Max Maxfield in federal court last month charging the state’s campaign finance laws unfairly limit fundraising for candidates whose parties don’t participate in primary elections.

Steve Klein, lawyer with the Wyoming Liberty Group, says the lawsuit seeks to overturn a prohibition on third-party candidates accepting political contributions before the Aug. 19 primary while major party candidates face no such restriction.