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Jan Baran Weighs in on Supreme Court Decision on Campaign Finance

April 4, 2014

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted in a Politico article published April 3 about this week's Supreme Court of the United States ruling on campaign finance.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down individual limits on contributions to political campaigns, political action committees (PACs), and parties.  Those who favor tighter campaign finance rules said the decision will lead to an influx of cash from the wealthy, while those who oppose restrictions said it would not have such a sweeping effect, according to the article.

“I don’t think there will be this armageddon scenario … I’m disappointed the effect would not be more dramatic,” Mr. Baran said.

Mr. Baran said that in the long run, advocates of stricter limits on campaign finance will see that stricter laws are not beneficial to the political process.  “Advocates of greater regulation are about midway through the five stages of grief,” he said.  “They’ve gone through denial and anger.  We’re in bargaining now with things like the DISCLOSE Act. … Pretty soon we’ll be at depression and, finally, acceptance.”

The full text of the Politico article can be found here.