2015 Activist of the Year Bill Alleman

2015 NHLA Activist of the Year Bill AllemanBill Alleman was born in Massachusetts, at an undisclosed date and time. In 1983, he moved to California, and in 1988 to New Hampshire. Bill is the guiding force behind the liberty meet-up group FreeWeare, and for many years was the videographer for Capitol Access, a Concord-based current events show about New Hampshire politics.

On February 22nd, 2011, on his way home from a protest supporting a local restaurant owner against the Weare Police Department, Bill was pulled over. He informed the officer that he was recording the interaction. The officer responded with a "that's fine", but later Bill was arrested at his home and charged with felony wiretapping in State of NH vs Bill Alleman. The case resulted in a ringing victory for freedom in New Hampshire. Bill won the case and proceeded to sue the town for violating his rights under the Constitution. His case became a precedent and rallying point for freedom of the press.

For many years, Bill has recorded hearings in the New Hampshire House and Senate, and posted them online, at his own expense. Often, winners of the Activist of the Year award are celebrated for their work on a single issue. This award celebrates a great deal of work spread over time, spent largely behind the camera instead of in front of it.

Bill Alleman is also the author of the blog Adventures in the Free State, where many of his state house recordings can be viewed.