Congress Moves to Prevent Foreign Interference in US Campaigns

Congress Moves to Prevent Foreign Interference in US Campaigns

( – Every election cycle brings a round of ballot initiatives. These are measures added by grassroots efforts. A recent ruling by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has now exposed a startling loophole that lawmakers from both parties want to close.

In July, the FEC ruled that ballot initiatives don’t meet the definition of “election,” according to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. The ruling came after an Australian company donated $270,000 to a Montana ballot measure. That means although foreign nationals are banned from donating money to federal elections, they’re able to influence ballot initiative campaigns by giving cash to those in charge.

On November 4, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) announced he’s co-sponsoring a bill with a group of bipartisan lawmakers that’s designed to close the loophole.

Gallagher called the FEC’s ruling “shortsighted and dangerous.” The Republican is worried about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) taking advantage of it and threatening US national security and elections. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) told Fox News it’s imperative lawmakers act quickly to “close [the] dangerous loophole.” He called it “absurd” that it was ever a question in the first place, and the fact that the FEC would allow it to continue is outrageous.

Fox News reported that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) hopes to introduce a similar bill in the Senate.

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