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Jan Baran Talks about the John Edward's Trial on "The Diane Rehm Show"

The Diane Rehm Show
May 18, 2012

Jan Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was a guest on "The Diane Rehm Show" to discuss the criminal trial against former presidential candidate and senator, John Edwards.

Mr. Baran commented on the government’s case against Mr. Edwards, who has been charged with six felony counts for violating campaign finance rules after two wealthy donors contributed nearly $1 million dollars that was used to hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 election. The case is one of the first to test the uncertainty of campaign finance rules.  Mr. Baran was joined in the discussion by Ruth Marcus, columnist at The Washington Post; Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center; and Steven Friedland, professor of law at Elon University School of Law.

“There is an issue relating to campaign finance regulation that is at stake here,” said Mr. Baran.  “Which is: At what point does substantial money that is spent on behalf of a candidate—in which a candidate allegedly is personally involved—become a contribution as opposed to a personal gift.”

To listen to the show, click here.