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Jan Baran Discusses Super PACs and Sen. Scott Brown's Campaign Finance Reports

The Atlantic; Boston Globe
February 6, 2012

Jan Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein's Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was interviewed by The Atlantic for a story on the permissible uses of leftover Super PAC funds once its candidate drops out of the presidential race.

The Atlantic reported that Super PACs supporting the aborted campaigns of Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry still have hundreds of thousands of dollars of available cash. "Candidates don't have any legal right to possess that money at all," said Mr. Baran, and added that leftover money goes to the individual in charge of the super PAC, typically the treasurer, who is identified in FEC filings.

"The purpose of the PAC may change, but they can continue operating as long as they have money," Mr. Baran said. "They may support the GOP nominee in the general election."

In another story, the Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown paid his daughter $9,500 to sing at campaign events. The law prohibits candidates from paying family members unless they are performing a bona fide service.

"Presumably, his daughter can sing, and he paid fair market value," said Mr. Baran.