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GW’s Graduate School of Political Management and NABPAC Announce Jan Baran PAC Management Scholarship Recipient

March 2, 2009

The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) and the National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC) are pleased to announce that the 2008-2009 Jan Baran PAC Management Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Tiffany Waddell.  The $3,000 scholarship is funded by NABPAC and is named for Jan Witold Baran, a leading campaign finance attorney and chair of Wiley Rein's Election Law & Government Ethics Practice

Ms. Waddell, a student in the school’s Political Action Committee Graduate Certificate Program, is the Manager of Political Advocacy at the Printing Industries of America and the director of PrintPAC, PRI’s political action committee.  Upon completion of the PAC Certificate Program this semester, she will continue her education in the GSPM’s Master’s in Legislative Affairs Program.

NABPAC—a trade association for corporations and business associations—is the sole national organization dedicated to promoting, defending and professionalizing PACs and political action professionals.  NABPAC is not a PAC, and does not contribute to candidates, but rather, since 1977, has advanced the interests of its membership and protected the rights of millions of Americans who participate in democracy though voluntary contributions to a PAC.

Mr. Geoff Ziebart, NABPAC Executive Director, commented on the scholarship, “In keeping with our mission to help American businesses navigate through campaign finance laws and develop innovative ways to enhance political effectiveness, NABPAC is proud to invest in the next class of PAC leaders.  We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our members, PACs and Grassroots professionals, and congratulate Tiffany on her academic achievements and career success.” 

“NABPAC has always stood at the forefront of organizations advocating for a thoughtful, judicious and sensible campaign finance regime.  We are delighted that they continue to generously support our program and to fund this scholarship honoring Jan Baran,” added Dr. Steven Billet, Director of GW’s Master’s in Legislative Affairs.

The GSPM PAC Certificate Program—founded by Dr. Billet—provides professional PAC managers the fundamental skills needed to assume a stewardship role for their organization’s political action committee.  As the nation’s only graduate-level program in PAC management, it is one of a growing number of graduate degree and certificate programs that make the GSPM the world leader for the study of applied politics. 

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