From: The Honorable Jamie Raskin
Sent By:
William.Roberts@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/13/2017

Become an Original Cosponsor of the
Get Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections Act

Stop foreign-controlled, foreign-influenced, and foreign-owned corporations from spending tens of millions of dollars in U.S. elections

Deadline for Original Cosponsors: Thursday, March 16th COB

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in cosponsoring the Get Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections Act, legislation that will close the foreign money loophole for campaign spending in U.S. elections.

We need this legislation now more than ever because foreign forces are trying to influence our politics every day by channeling tens of millions of dollars into campaign spending through U.S. corporations.

Federal law already prohibits individual federal campaign contributions by individual foreign nationals.

But in 2010 Citizens United opened up a gaping hole for virtually unlimited foreign cash to be channeled directly through corporations and their secret-money conduits into independent expenditure campaigns. In his State of the Union
Address six days after the decision, President Barack Obama warned: “The Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”

President Obama was right.

Tens of millions of dollars have flowed, and are continuing to flow, into U.S. campaigns from
domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations and U.S.-registered corporations principally owned or controlled by foreigners and foreign corporations.

This bill closes the foreign money loophole created by the invention of corporate political free speech rights in
Citizens United
.  Our bill will make certain that the ultimate origin of money spent in our political campaigns is always “the people”—the U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who the Supreme Court has said have a right to participate
in the funding of our campaigns.

To cosponsor this bill, or should you have any questions, please contact William Roberts at 202-225-5341 or at
William.Roberts@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your attention and support.

 

Very truly yours,

Jamie Raskin

Member of Congress