Sending Office: Honorable Elissa Slotkin
Sent By:
Rachel.Brandenburg@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to cosponsor the FIRE (Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections) Act, H.R. 3873, to prevent foreign interference in future U.S. political processes.

On July 24, Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified that he feared campaigns’ acceptance of foreign assistance would be “a
new normal.”
 He underscored the threat of continued foreign interference in U.S. elections saying, “much more needs to be done in order to protect against these intrusions, not just by the Russians but others as well,” and, “they’re
doing it as we sit here.”
 The following week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the first section of their bipartisan report detailing
Russia’s widespread attempts to penetrate our election system.

Even well before the Mueller report was released, we knew that a foreign adversary attacked our political system and has continued to try to do so again. The first portion of the Senate Intelligence Committee report underscores this threat, as did Mr. Mueller
in his testimony, stating plainly that foreign actors are seeking to interfere in 2020 elections as we speak. Guarding our country against another attack on our political system should not be a partisan issue — it is a national security issue and it’s an American
issue. The FIRE Act, which would ensure campaigns must always report to the FEC when they are contacted by a foreign entity offering donations or help to a candidate, is a critical step in responding to this threat and filling the gaps in our system so that
a foreign adversary can never again influence our political process.

The FIRE Act:

  • Would require all campaign officials to report, within one week, any contacts with foreign nationals attempting to make campaign donations or otherwise coordinate with the campaign through the proffer of information or services. 
  • Would require all campaigns to implement a compliance system to monitor reportable contacts between campaign representatives and foreigners and to train all campaign employees and other associates on their legal obligations to report. 
  • Would require the candidate him or herself to certify that this compliance system is in place. The campaign would also be responsible for reporting applicable foreign contacts to the FEC, which would notify the FBI, and for preserving relevant records.

Sen. Mark Warner, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, introduced the bipartisan Senate companion bill in the Senate.

For more information or to become a co-sponsor, please contact Rachel Brandenburg with Rep. Slotkin at Rachel.Brandenburg@mail.house.gov

 

Sincerely, 

Elissa Slotkin
Member of Congress

Lauren Underwood
Member of Congress

Jason Crow
Member of Congress 

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