The Wyoming Republican Party has filed two complaints with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office, alleging certain mailers broke campaign finance laws. The two complaints were filed on October 20 and 25, and refer to two separate mailers sent to Wyoming residents earlier this month, which expressed support for Democratic candidates in legislative races around the state.
The first complaint alleged that mailers sent by Women Lead Wyoming were actually paid for by ELLA WY—a Laramie-based political consulting firm—and were not marked as such. Wyoming statute requires mailers to “print or announce the name of the candidate, organization or committee paying for the advertising.” This complaint is being reviewed by the state Attorney General’s Office.
According to the second complaint, Wyoming Hunters and Anglers Alliance sent mailers that violated a Wyoming statute forbidding corporations from contributing “items of value,” like a mailer, to any candidate. Wyoming Hunters and Anglers Alliance is a registered nonprofit corporation, rather than a registered political action committee. That complaint is being handled by the Secretary of State’s office.