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June 25, 2019

Swalwell Introduces Second Bill Designed to Curb Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 am

On May 20th, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the Committee on the Judiciary and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced the Corporate Duty to Report Act of 2019, which would require companies to disclose to the government when a foreign person, country, or organization attempts to subvert our election with political ads. The act is intended to deter foreign agents from buying U.S. political ads.

“Our very democracy was attacked by Russia in 2016,” said Swalwell. “Special Counsel Mueller in his report called their assault ‘sweeping and systemic.’ As his report reminds us, one of its methods were paid ads on social media platforms. Companies should now be on notice that this can happen. The bill I’m introducing today will put teeth into what is their civic duty to disclose to authorities when it does. With President Trump unwilling to discuss improving election security, it’s all the more important that Congress take action.”

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