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Jan Baran Discusses Effects of Raising Contribution Limits

The Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2014

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted in an article published December 17 in The Wall Street Journal about a provision in the recently-passed congressional spending bill that increased the amount of money individuals can donate to national political parties.

Despite raising the cap on contributions, donors are still restricted to how the money can be spent.  According to the article, the money can be budgeted toward conventions, renovations at the headquarters, and recount expenses.  Mr. Baran said that while the provision would increase spending, it doesn’t have the same appeal as other spending.

Political parties “can go and say, ‘You’re rich, please give me money to pay for conventions, lawyers and recounts, and to build a building,’” said Mr. Baran. “You think that has a lot of sex appeal for potential donors?”

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