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Jan Baran Discusses Campaign Funds Raised By New York Governor Cuomo

The Wall Street Journal
November 20, 2013

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in a November 17 article about campaign funds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has raised for the 2014 election.

Citing recent campaign filings, The Journal reported that Governor Cuomo had $27.8 million of cash on hand in his campaign account as of July—almost three times as much as the second most successful gubernatorial fundraiser, California Governor Jerry Brown.

Governor Cuomo, a Democrat who is widely expected to run for a second term, may have millions of dollars in campaign funds left over after next year’s election, and could spend it in a variety of ways, according to the article.

The governor could transfer the funds to a Super PAC, but only before declaring himself a federal candidate, said Mr. Baran, who previously served as general counsel to George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.

“If he’s not a federal candidate, he could turn that money into some sort of political committee that could do certain things indirectly for his benefit,” Mr. Baran told The Journal.