Category: Challenging Foreign Influence

Bill to Protect the Integrity of California Elections from Foreign Influence Passes Out of Elections Committee

Yesterday, AB 1819, the “Stop Foreign Influence in California Elections Act” passed out of the Elections Committee and is now headed to the Appropriations Committee. The bill prohibits foreign-influenced corporations from contributing to candidates, parties, or committees (including super PACs) in order to protect the integrity of California’s self-governance. We are honored to support Assemblymember
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DEMOCRACY REFORM ORGANIZATIONS URGE NEW YORK ASSEMBLY TO PASS THE DEMOCRACY PRESERVATION ACT

The Democracy Preservation Act would be the first statewide ban on foreign-influenced corporate spending in elections ALBANY, NY – A coalition of more than 25 democracy reform advocacy organizations sent a letter to the New York State Assembly today, urging Assemblymembers to pass the Democracy Preservation Act (A.7458a) to end foreign-influenced corporate spending in state
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FSFP Senior Counsel Courtney Hostetler and Michele Sutter Co-Author New Oped on Bill Seeking to Ban Multinational Corporations From Spending Money in California Elections.

Cal Matters recently published a new op-ed by FSFP Senior Counsel Courtney Hostetler and Money Out Voters In Co-Founder Michele Sutter on a new bill that seeks to ban multinational corporations from spending money in California elections. The following is an excerpt from the new piece: The Citizens United ruling created a loophole to foreign
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Government Watchdogs Sue FEC for Deadlock and Failure to Investigate Complaint About Coordination between the Russian Government and Former President Trump’s 2016 Campaign

The Federal Election Commission’s 3-3 deadlock on a prior complaint from December 2016 effectively shields the Russian government and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign from accountability for violating federal election laws. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 10, 2022) – Nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability today filed a federal lawsuit against the Federal
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In a Split Decision, the FEC Overrules Career Staff and Refuses to Investigate Coordination between the Russian Government and Donald Trump’s 2016 Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released records revealing how partisan deadlock blocked its investigation into potential coordination between former President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and the Russian Federation.   The FEC’s nonpartisan professional career staff in its General Counsel’s office recommended that the FEC find “reason to believe” that the Trump campaign
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FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein Testifies Before Hawaii State Legislature and Urges Lawmakers to Lower Thresholds For Defining Foreign-Influenced Corporations.

FSFP Legal Director Ron Fein recently appeared before the Hawaii State Legislature to provide testimony on why the deliberative body must consider expanding the definition of a foreign-influenced corporation as it looks to safeguard state elections. The following is an excerpt from his testimony: For a large multinational corporation, an investor that owns 1% of
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New Bill Seeks to Ban Multinational Corporations From Spending Money in California Elections

Introduced by Assemblymember Alex Lee, the bill would prohibit spending by foreign-influenced corporations to candidates, parties, or committees (including super PACs), closing a loophole created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC. SACRAMENTO, CA (February 7, 2022) – California Assemblymember Alex Lee introduced today AB 1819 to bar multinational or foreign-influenced
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REP. JAMIE RASKIN INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS FROM SPENDING MONEY IN U.S. ELECTIONS

The bill would prohibit spending by foreign-influenced corporations to candidates, parties, or committees (including super PACs), closing a loophole created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC. WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 14, 2021) – Congressman Jamie Raskin today introduced a bill (HR 6283) to bar multinational corporations like Amazon, Meta (formerly Facebook),
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Government Watchdogs Sue FEC for Failure to Investigate Coordination between the Russian Government and President Trump’s 2016 Campaign

The Federal Election Commission’s failure to act on a prior complaint from December 2016 effectively shields the Russian government and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign from accountability for violating federal election laws.  WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 8, 2021) – Nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability today filed a federal lawsuit against the
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