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Jan Baran Comments on the Effects of Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Ruling

The National Law Journal
April 4, 2014

Jan Witold Baran, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice, was quoted in an article that appeared in The National Law Journal on April 3 about the recent Supreme Court of the United States ruling on campaign finance and what it means for politics moving forward.

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling this week eliminated aggregate limits on an individual’s contributions to political campaigns, political action committees (PACs), and parties.  According to the article, critics have said that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s opinion would allow for future challenges to remaining limits on campaign donations .  Those in favor of fewer restrictions have said that the loosening of campaign finance laws in recent years has not led to an increase in corruption.

“Remember that President Obama in his State of the Union address in 2010 warned about the flood of foreign money into campaigns after Citizens United,” Mr. Baran said.  “We’re still looking for the flood.”