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Jan Baran Comments on Political Fundraising Totals

The Wall Street Journal
January 17, 2012

Election Law & Government Ethics Practice co-chair Jan Baran was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal for an article on fourth quarter fundraising results for the Republican and Democratic parties.

The Journal reports that President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, combined with the Democratic National Committee, brought in $244 million in 2011.  As a whole, Republicans raised $216 million last year.  In the final quarter of 2011, the RNC and the GOP presidential candidates brought in roughly $73 million, while the president and the DNC raised $68 million.

The article also reports that in the final three months of 2011, Mr. Obama brought in $42 million, nearly twice as much as the $24 million raised by Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.  Mr. Baran noted that, once selected, Republicans traditionally rally around their nominee, with political donations picking up considerably.