In the dark of night, behind closed doors, WI enacted the new Government Accountability Board – G.A.B. 128 Rule which silences political free speech 60 days prior to the election. Conveniently, this law goes into effect on August 15, 2010 with little to no time for successful legal challenges prior to the November 2010 election.The prime reason, among others, for the First Amendment, is to protect free political speech. This rule now in Wisconsin law renders political speech anything BUT free, either in the ability to express political opinions freely, nor in the sense of being able to express political opinions without paying a tribute to government.
The entire text of the G.A.B. 1 Rule can be found here (Sections 1.10, 1.28, and 1.42 are most revealing).
Under this new law, individuals and groups must pay a $100 registration fee to the state of WI if they want permission to use political speech that totals at least $25 “cumulatively in a calendar year.” But it doesn’t stop there…
Individuals and groups must set up a separate depository account and file a report with the Accountability Board and Secretary of State. They then need to provide periodic reports of every communication – explaining the type of communication/action for each and every episode of political free speech.
I don't care if you're the most far-out-whacked liberal, or conservative. This should make anyone who values the freedom to speak out to bleed from their eyes.