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Jan Baran Discusses Effects of McCain-Feingold on Money in Politics

The New York Times
September 17, 2015

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted in an op-ed that was published yesterday in The New York Times about the effects of money on politics through five different campaign finance regimes.

The op-ed article focuses on the pre-Watergate, the post-Watergate, the soft money, the McCain-Feingold, and the Citizens United v. FEC eras. The author examines the effects of regulations, or the lack thereof, on politics.

Mr. Baran said via email that the passage of McCain-Feingold Act “was a major blow to political parties, which are still struggling to survive. The outlawing of soft money not only eliminated needed funding, it predictably enhanced the role of large existing outside groups ([National Rifle Association], Sierra Club, etc.) and immediately spawned the creation of new groups (527 organizations, tax exempt social welfare organizations, etc.).”

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