Adam Morgan, who heads the S.C. Freedom Caucus, announced today that the SC Freedom Caucus filed suit in Federal District Court against the South Carolina House Ethics Committee.
The S.C. Freedom Caucus is a coalition of the S.C. General Assembly’s most conservative members.
FREEDOM CAUCUS LEADER ADAM MORGAN ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT AGAINST HOUSE ETHICS
Said Morgan, “[The Lawsuit] was filed due to a state law that violates our first amendment rights.”
“Current state law favors certain caucuses,” said Morgan. “Caucuses based on political party, on race and on gender can engage their first amendment rights fully and openly. The can raise money. They can hire staff. They can openly campaign and endorse candidates,” Morgan added.
“All other caucuses are prohibited under state law for doing the exact same thing,” Morgan went on to say.
THE LOYALTY OATH
The Freedom Caucus is comprised of conservative Republicans.
At the beginning of the legislative session, based on a document fostered by S.C. House Political Consultant Walter Whetsell, all members of the S.C. Republican Party were asked to sign a loyalty oath.
THE LOYALTY OATH EXPLAINED
Speaking in Myrtle Beach, S.C. last week, Morgan explained how the Loyalty Oath works to silence the free speech rights of Freedom Caucus members.
17 Freedom Caucus members, who are all Republicans, refused to sign the Loyalty Oath. All were banned from attending Republican Caucus meetings this legislative session as a result of not signing.
This matter will now be heard in Federal Court.