It's not what you think...
I heard at least four different people today talk about how we're letting our politicians/government have "free range" with our money. The phrase must have been in the news...
This is not a political point, it's a a grammatical one. It's "free reign," morons.
Free range is the freedom to wander about. Mostly eating and not in a cage.
Free reign is the freedom to go where you like. Do what you want.
Free range chickens have free reign to wander about the yard..
Semantics, I guess. You could make an arguement that either works, but you'd just be defending a mistake. "Yeah, yeah. I meant to do that."