FEC Commissioner: We Must Take Action on Political Spending from Foreign Influence


Editor’s Note—We strive to share the latest election-law related news with you. Today, we wanted to share a memorandum issued to the FEC from commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub regarding the influence of foreign spending on our political elections here in the United States.

It begins:

In this tumultuous political year, foreign influence on American elections has emerged as an area of great concern to the American people. A startling story this week in The Washington Post provides the latest evidence why: “U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.”

Already, we have seen reports of foreign interference with our political parties. We have seen reports of foreign hacks of state voter-registration data. And we may have spotted the tip of the iceberg in foreign political spending, the true size of which is obscured by area of dark money.

Our political parties are taking action. Our state election boards are taking action. The Federal Election Commission must take action as well.

The 14-page document can be read in its entirety here.


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