Free Speech For People has demonstrated critical leadership in the fight against foreign influence in our democracy. Here’s a roadmap to some of our key work.

Fighting Political Spending by Foreign-Influenced Corporations

Free Speech For People has researched, drafted, and fought for state and local legislation to fight political spending by foreign-influenced corporations.

Enforcing Federal Campaign Finance Law Against Foreign Political Spending

FSFP V. GOVERNMENT OF RUSSIA AND TRUMP CAMPAIGN

In December 2016, Free Speech For People, with our partner the Campaign for Accountability, filed the first complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Russian activity in the 2016 presidential election, and potential Trump campaign coordination, violated the Federal Election Campaign Act.

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FSFP V. CITGO AND TRUMP INAUGURAL COMMITEE

In April 2017, Free Speech For People filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the oil company Citgo, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company that owns and controls Citgo, and President Trump’s inaugural committee. The complaint alleges that the companies and the inaugural committee violated a federal ban on donations to inaugural committees by foreign nationals.

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Other Advocacy

ADVOCATING FOR DISCLOSURE OF FUNDERS OF INTERNET POLITICAL ADS

Free Speech For People joined with Public Citizen to call on the Federal Election Commission to adopt rules requiring political advertisements on Internet media, such as Facebook, to include disclaimers listing their funders, as are already required for ads in other media, following revelations that Internet political advertisements were in some cases paid for by foreign entities in the 2016 presidential election.

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO PREVENT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN ELECTIONS

Free Speech For People joined allied partners to issue a joint letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging congressional action to help prevent foreign interests from intervening in future elections (Feb. 8, 2018)

 

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