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Jan Baran Discusses Negative Political Advertising in Iowa

The Wall Street Journal
January 4, 2012

Jan Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein's Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on negative political advertising in Iowa during the weeks leading up to the GOP primary caucus.

The Journal reported that Super PACs are "helping to produce a bifurcated campaign in which candidates generally offer positive messages under their own name while outside groups supporting them attack opponents. The trend is splitting the field between candidates who have a well-financed Super PAC at their back and the poorer candidates who don't."

"This election is a brave new world," said Mr. Baran. For the first time, presidential campaigns involve "new, unlimited money to support specific candidates outside of the control of the candidates and the political parties."