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Raven.Bellamy@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

OPPOSE FOREIGN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTIONS

COSPONSOR THE “SECURE OUR DEMOCRACY ACT”

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join us as original co-sponsors of the “Safeguard our Elections and Combat Unlawful Interference in Our Democracy Act,” otherwise known as the “SECURE Our Democracy Act.” This important legislation, which we have introduced in each of the
past two congresses, would hold Russia accountable for interfering in our 2016 presidential election and deter future attacks on our democracy by any foreign actor.

The findings of our intelligence community are clear: “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.” Special Counsel Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, 13 other
Russian nationals, and three Russian companies, including the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, for their efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. And the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on 26 individuals
and 19 entities for Russian election interference.

Regrettably, foreign actors continue to interfere in our democracy. A recent report by the Director of National Intelligence revealed that during the 2018 midterm elections, “Russia, and other foreign countries, including China and Iran, conducted influence
activities and messaging campaigns targeted at the United States to promote their strategic interests.”
In his statement on the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats wrote that competitors “already are looking to the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their
interests.”

It is critical that Congress act to protect our democracy from outside interference. Our bill would impose sanctions on any foreign individual or entity who has interfered in a U.S. federal election since January 1, 2015. The SECURE Our Democracy Act is
a commonsense bill designed to deter Russia and other hostile powers, shore up America’s democratic institutions, and improve congressional oversight of foreign interference.

If you would like to cosponsor this legislation or if you would like additional information, please contact Raven Bellamy at
Raven.Bellamy@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

Eliot L. Engel                                                                            Gerry Connolly
Chairman                                                                                  Member of Congress
House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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