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Jan Baran Comments on Voting Tactics in New York City

The Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2012

Jan Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein's Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal for a story on advertising and voter turnout tactics used by a leader of New York City's Russian émigré population who is a newspaper publisher and radio broadcaster.

The article reported that politicians from both major political parties have paid Gregory Davidzon for consulting services and advertising in two newspapers and on his Russian-language radio station. Without having disclosed those payments, Mr. Davidzon has run supportive arguments and get-out-the-vote messaging while being "credited with helping candidates such as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rep. Robert Turner win large margins among Russian-Americans."

Mr. Baran stated that Mr. Davidzon can endorse people who pay him for other services. "Back-scratching is not limited to the politicians," Mr. Baran said. "It can occur in journalism."