Congresswoman Susan Davis Votes to Protect U.S. Elections from Foreign Attacks

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Washington, October 16, 2019 | comments

With the intelligence community in agreement that foreign adversaries continue to target U.S. elections, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA_53) voted for legislation that would strengthen protections to stop foreign attacks. The bipartisan SHIELD Act was approved by the House Administration Committee, sending it to the full House. 

A key provision of the bill is a requirement for campaigns to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents.

“Reporting offers of campaign help from a foreign government would seem a no-brainer, but after the failure of the Trump campaign to report Russian offers in 2016 and the President saying that he would accept such assistance in the future, there needs to be a law,” said Rep. Davis, an original cosponsor of the SHIELD Act and a senior member of the committee. “We have a solemn duty to protect the integrity of our elections.  This common-sense approach will add another layer of protections so the American people can be confident in their elections.”

Along with reporting offers of foreign campaign assistance, the SHIELD Act would:

  • Improve transparency of online political advertising

  • Closes loopholes that allow foreign nationals and governments to spend in U.S. elections

  • Restricts the exchange of campaign information between campaign and foreign governments and their agents. 

  • Bans deceptive practices about voting procedures 

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