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House set to vote on bill requiring political campaigns to report foreign offers of assistance


Added 10-11-19 04:35:03pm EST - “U.S. House members will vote on a bill this month requiring political campaigns to notify the government about any help offered from foreign nationals, accofrding to a letter released Friday by the House Majority Leader.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “House set to vote on bill requiring political campaigns to report foreign offers of assistance”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

U.S. House members will vote on a bill this month requiring political campaigns to notify the government about any help offered from foreign nationals, according to a letter released Friday by the House Majority Leader.

In a Dear Colleague letter addressed to fellow Democrats, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said the chamber will consider the legislation during the week of Oct. 21.

Called the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, the bill contains several provisions meant to protect the U.S. electoral process from foreign meddling as related concerns linger ahead of next year’s presidential contest.

Among the bill’s language is a requirement for political campaigns, parties and political committees to report attempts by foreign governments, foreign political parties and their agents to influence U.S. elections by offering assistance.

Political campaigns and candidates who fail to disclose any offers of foreign help would be subject to criminal and civil liabilities if the bill becomes law as written.

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