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Jan Baran Comments on Super PAC Payments Made Through Limited Liability Companies

The Wall Street Journal
May 1, 2012

Election Law & Government Ethics Practice co-chair Jan Baran was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on significant payments made by Super PACs to newly formed limited liability media companies whose principles are not easily identified.  The article reported that “presidential candidates and Super PACs have paid more than $50 million for various services to obscure corporate entities set up in the past year, many of which use postal-box addresses and file little or no information about their ownership.”

Mr. Baran told the Journal that there is nothing wrong with campaigns paying vendors through limited liability companies as long as expenditures are disclosed. He added there could be many reasons why vendors would want to be paid that way, including tax and legal-liability reasons.