The Case_


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Key facts_

  •  At least 126 million Americans saw disinformation produced by Russian agents during the 2016 election. 

  • Russia targeted the elections systems in all 50 states and stole the personal information of 500,000 U.S. voters.

  • Russia also hacked the voting databases in two Florida counties and Illinois ahead of the November 2016 election, and was also in a position to manipulate voter registration data in a few states.

  • Foreign cyberattacks targeted Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Hillary Clinton throughout 2016. 

  • China infiltrated the Federal Election Commission and crashed databases tracking how money is raised and spent in our elections. 

  • Facebook has to remove at least 1 million fake accounts a day before they can spread misinformation. 

  • Twitter has removed at least 14,000 accounts tied to foreign influence operations by Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and more since October 2018.

  • More than half of Americans are still very concerned about foreign interference in the 2020 election.



Congress can fix this_

Problem:

Russia, Iran, and others seek to use hidden disinformation campaigns on the largest social media platforms to divide Americans and spread propaganda.

Solution:

The Honest Ads Act would directly counter the tactics used throughout the 2016 election that led to more than 126 million Americans consuming misinformation. 


Problem:

Our election infrastructure at the state and federal levels is vulnerable and has been penetrated in the past by private and foreign actors.

Solution:

The Secure Elections Act helps better safeguard our political system while reaffirming each state’s role in administering federal elections.


Problem:

Foreign actors will continue dedicating economic resources into disrupting our political system.

Solution:

The DETER Act will sanction countries found to be interfering in our elections.


Problem:

Foreign actors abuse loopholes in our lobbying laws to wage secret influence campaigns among our nation’s leaders.

Solution:

The Foreign Agents Disclosure and Registration Enhancement Act will modernize and enforce lobbying laws on the books and impose real penalties for rule breakers.


Problem:

Foreign actors could already be using our tax system to funnel money into U.S. elections and Americans would never know.

Solution:

The Shell Company Abuse Act will stop foreigners from using tax loopholes to engage in illegal political activity.

Read what key lawmakers are saying about foreign interference in our elections.