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Jan Baran Authors Sixth Edition of The Election Law Primer for Corporations

September 16, 2015

Today the American Bar Association (ABA) published the sixth edition of The Election Law Primer for Corporations, authored by Jan Witold Baran, founder of Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice. To read an excerpt of the book, click here.

The laws governing campaign finance and lobbying have changed significantly since the previous edition of the book was published seven years ago. Numerous court decisions and new laws have led to changes in the way corporations, super political action committees (PACs), and independent advertisers operate. Contribution limits and aggregate limits on individuals have changed, while rules governing the formation and operation of PACs have remained largely unchanged for more than 40 years.

The updated primer includes nine chapters that cover campaign finance rules, PACs, campaign communications and activities, lobbying laws, tax considerations, and enforcement.

“The original Primer was devoted exclusively to the basic principles of federal campaign finance laws that regulated political activity by corporations, executives, employees, and stockholders.” Mr. Baran explains in the book’s Preface. “Over the years, the Primer expanded to related legal areas and now includes explanations about the regulation of lobbying activities, ethics rules, and tax laws.”

A thought leader in the election law bar, Mr. Baran is long-time co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual Corporate Political Activities conference and is regularly quoted in media articles and writes opinion columns published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Mr. Baran regularly appears as a featured guest on The Diane Rehm Show

Wiley Rein has the premier election law & government ethics practice in the country, recognized by Chambers USA as “the gold standard in this business.” The Group represents more than 300 U.S. and foreign corporations and trade associations, as well as individuals, elected officials, campaign committees, political party committees, and other political organizations.

Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. The voluntary professional organization has almost 400,000 members.

To order your copy of The Election Law Primer for Corporations, click here

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