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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski introduces bill to stem foreign electoral interference

Law would amend Federal Election Campaign Act

By Nikita Biryukov, June 12 2019 3:46 pm

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) on Wednesday introduced a bill meant to stem foreign interference in American elections.

“Whether we’re for or against impeachment, we ought to agree that foreign interference in our elections is wrong and that there were things that happened in 2016 that should not happen again,” Malinowski said.  “If as candidates for office we can’t share something with the Sierra Club, we shouldn’t be able to share it with Putin. And if a foreign government offers to help us win an election, we should report that offer, not exploit it.”

Malinowski last month backed starting an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The Anti-Collusion Act would define offering non-public campaign materials, like internal polls, to foreign agents a solicitation of support, which is already illegal under federal law.

Further, it would require campaigns inform the Department of Justice if they receive an offer of campaign aid from foreign entitites.

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