Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Malinowski (NJ-7)
October 11, 2019
A bill to combat foreign interference in our election system
(Washington, DC) This week Representative Malinowski (NJ-7) joined with Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03), to introduce the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill aimed at combatting foreign interference in our election system.
The Mueller Report clearly showed that Russia made multiple, systemic efforts to influence the 2016 election. It also documented actions by individuals associated with the Trump campaign that raised significant ethical concerns. The SHIELD Act will close those loopholes by boosting disclosure and transparency requirements, improving the transparency of online political advertisements, and closing loopholes that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to spend in U.S. elections.
The bill includes Congressman Malinowski’s Anti-Collusion Act that defines offering non-public campaign materials, such as internal polling data, to a foreign power, or agent of a foreign power, as an illegal solicitation of support.
“The 2016 election opened America’s eyes to the unique threat our democracy faces from foreign interference. This bill will help close the vulnerabilities identified by the Mueller Report, and ensure that what happened in 2016 never happens again.” said Congressman Malinowski.