Late yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to take a case involving new state campaign finance rules. We’ve reported on the case before, see here and here, which involves regulations that, among other things, require anyone spending more than $25 on a communication that mentions a candidate to register with the government.
This is great sign that the Wisconsin Supreme Court is taking seriously the threat that disclosure laws present to ordinary citizens. The Institute for Justice filed an amicus brief in support of the court taking the case, arguing that Wisconsin’s new rules present a major threat to citizen speech.
The case is set for oral argument on March 9, 2011. We will continue following the case closely.