DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Sent By:
jeff.small@mail.house.gov

Date: 5/31/2016

Cosponsor H.R. 4177, the Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act
Increase transparency and close the loophole that allows foreign contributions

Cosponsors (62): Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Dave Brat, Julia Brownley, Ken Buck, Ken Calvert, Barbara Comstock, Kevin Cramer,  Peter DeFazio, Scott DesJarlais, Tammy Duckworth, Jeff Duncan, John Duncan, Mike Fitzpatrick, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Tulsi Gabbard, Scott Garrett, Louie Gohmert, Bob Goodlatte, Cresent Hardy, Gregg Harper, Alcee Hastings, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mike Honda, Richard Hudson,Jared Huffman, Eddie Bernice Johnson,   Walter B. Jones, Derek Kilmer,
Ann Kirkpatrick, Raúl Labrador, Darin LaHood, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Zoe Lofgren, Luke Messer, Candice Miller, Jeff Miller, Tim Murphy, Richard Nolan, Richard Nugent, Steve Pearce,
Collin Peterson, Bill Posey, Scott Rigell, Peter Roskam, Keith Rothfus, David Rouzer, Matt Salmon, Mark Sanford, Pete Sessions, Steve Stivers, Marlin Stutzman, Kyrsten Synema, Juan Vargas, Tim Walberg, Lynn Westmoreland, Joe Wilson, Robert Wittman, Ted Yoho

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to cosponsor the Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act, legislation that would strengthen disclosure requirements in order to prevent foreign nationals from funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to U.S. campaigns.

In recent years, our federal election laws have garnered much debate from across the political spectrum. One part of the campaign finance equation that has become commonplace in the 21st century is the receipt of campaign contributions paid by credit cards
online.  Unfortunately, current disclosure requirements for online donations make it relatively easy for bad actors to violate federal contribution limits, or worse, for foreign money to influence U.S. elections.

A
six-month investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Institute
found our current system to be extremely vulnerable to this type of abuse. These susceptibilities are not limited to one political party. During the 2012 campaign cycle,

hundreds of millions of dollars flowed to presidential candidates from undisclosed donations
. The report also found that “of the 446 House and Senate members who have an online donation page, 47.3% do not require the three or four digit credit card security
number (officially called the Card Verification Value, or the CVV) for Internet contributions.”

Current federal law limits the amounts that donors can contribute and rightly prohibits foreign nationals from making campaign contributions to U.S. elections. It would be an abdication of U.S. sovereignty to continue to allow our election system to be influenced
by contributions from foreigners circumventing federal law.

This bill would prohibit foreign nationals from cheating the system and would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the disclosure of the credit verification value (CVV) and billing address for all online contributions.

Help protect the integrity of U.S. elections by increasing transparency and closing the loophole that allows foreign contributions. Full disclosure of online contributions will ensure that the American people know the sources of campaign money and will greatly
assist with maintaining a system of free and fair elections.

Should you have any questions or to add your support to this bill, please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Pearson at 202-225-2315 or at
Trevor.Pearson@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Paul A Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress