Paying the Price for Calling Obama a Commie

State regulators crack down on free political speech.

Call President Barack Obama a communist in Nebraska and you could pay a hefty price.

Just ask Robert Bennie Jr., a successful financial adviser and former leader of the tea party in the state capital of Lincoln.

Bennie and the employer that eventually fired him were hounded and harassed by the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance for months, in large part due to Bennie’s political views, according to his attorneys.