That should have ended the attempt by West Virginia's dominant political party to suppress speech about itself as well, but it wasn't.
West Virginia politicians had passed a law that
limited contributions to independent political action committees to $1,000.
The state law defines independent expenditures as "expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, and that are not made in concert or cooperation with or at the request or suggestion of such candidate, his or her agents, the candidate's authorized political committee or a political
party committee or its agents."
Last year, U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston approved a preliminary injunction that prevented the state from enforcing laws that suppress independent political speech. This week, attorneys for the secretary of state and the political action committee that brought the suit agreed that state laws limiting independent contributions are unconstitutional.
Johnston must approve the proposed agreement.
Assuming he does, federal or state politicians should never again try to shut up the people they work for. It's un-American, and the electorate knows it.