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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)

Headline: Maloney Votes to Protect American Elections

Oct 23, 2019

Press Release

Maloney Votes to Protect American Elections 

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill prohibiting foreign spending in American elections by closing loopholes, improving ad transparency and accountability for social media platforms and online advertisers, and mandating disclosures of illicit offers from other nations and governments. Rep. Maloney is a cosponsor of the bill.  

“Our intelligence community has repeatedly warned us about the vulnerabilities of our next elections, and Facebook confirmed it this week: Russia and Iran are already using social media to meddle in our next election. We need to act quickly to get foreign money and influence out of the 2020 election, which is why I’m proud to support this bill. There’s too much at stake,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The SHIELD Act takes critical steps to protect our democracy, including:

  • Creates a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents.
  • Helps prevent foreign interference in future elections by improving transparency of online political advertisements.
  • Closes loopholes that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to spend in U.S. elections.
  • Restricts exchange of campaign information between candidates and foreign governments and their agents.
  • Prohibits deceptive practices about voting procedures.

As the first act of the 116th Congress, House Democrats introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a historic ethics and voting reform package that also increased funds for voting infrastructure and election systems security. The bill passed in the House in March. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked the bill in the Senate.