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Letter

Sending Office: Committee on House Administration
Sent By:
Stephen.Spaulding@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

H.R. 4617 — The SHIELD Act

Dear Colleague:

This week, we are introducing the SHIELD (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy) Act, H.R. 4617. This legislation takes concrete steps to protect our country against attempts by foreign actors and U.S. campaign
officials working in concert to interfere with or influence our elections. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailed extensive outreach from the Trump campaign to Russian officials on a wide range of politically sensitive matters. In fact, the investigators and others found that President Trump and at least 17 of his campaign
officials and advisors had more than 100 contacts with Russian nationals and Wikileaks. This report directly contradicts the Trump campaign’s

claim
“there was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”

Despite this and irrefutable evidence that the Trump campaign benefitted from an extensive influence campaign by Russian operatives, loopholes in our laws allow this activity to go undetected and unpunished. If these loopholes remain unaddressed, future
elections can be similarly affected by foreign influence operations.

Recognizing the urgency and threat to our democracy, we are introducing legislation this week to ensure that any individual engaging in conduct with foreign actors intending to influence the outcome of our elections will be held accountable by law. The SHIELD
Act will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements, and create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents.

The SHIELD Act:

  • Creates a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents.
  • Helps prevent foreign interference and deters disinformation in future elections by improving transparency of online political advertisements.
  • Closes loopholes that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to spend money to influence U.S. elections.
  • Prohibits deceptive practices about voting procedures.

If you would like to cosponsor the SHIELD Act, contact Sarah Nasta
at sarah.nasta@mail.house.gov or 5-2061.

Sincerely,

Zoe Lofgren

Chairperson

Committee on House Administration

 

John Sarbanes

Chair
Democracy Reform Task Force

 

Jamie Raskin

Vice Chairperson

Committee on House Administration

 

Susan Davis

Member of Congress

 

G. K. Butterfield

Member of Congress

 

Marcia L. Fudge

Chair

Subcommittee on Elections, Committee on House Administration

 

Pete Aguilar

Member of Congress

 

Jerrold Nadler

Chairman

Committee on the Judiciary

 

Stephanie Murphy

Member of Congress

 

A. Donald McEachin

Member of Congress

 

Derek Kilmer

Member of Congress

 

Tom Malinowski

Member of Congress

 

 

 

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Elections, Government

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 4617
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