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Jan Baran Talks Super PACs with Diane Rehm

The Diane Rehm Show
April 23, 2015

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was a featured guest yesterday on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, discussing the effects Super PACs are having on campaign strategies and election results.

Mr. Baran said that Super PACs arose after the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in 2002.

“What we are witnessing is a dislocation in the campaign finance system, and while Super PACs are relatively new what they are doing highly resembles what political parties did until a law was passed in 2002 which prohibited them from collecting and spending money in unlimited amounts, even donations from corporations and unions,” Mr. Baran said. “That became illegal and they can’t do it today. The only major sources by which that type of fundraising can occur is through Super PACs. The candidates today are limited to raising no more than $2,700 from any individual per election.”

To listen to a recording of the program, click here.