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HR 9 - Stop Foreign Funds in Elections Act


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Representative DRAKE, for himself (and with thanks to Representative FITZPATRICK), introduced the following bill:

A BILL
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the prohibition against contributions and donations by foreign nationals in connection with elections to contributions or donations in connection with ballot initiatives and referenda.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Stop Foreign Funds in Elections Act”.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON CONTRIBUTIONS AND DONATIONS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS IN CONNECTION WITH BALLOT INITIATIVES AND REFERENDA.

(a) Prohibition.—Section 319(a)(1)(A) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30121(a)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting “, including a State or local ballot initiative or referendum” after “State, or local election”.

(b) Effective Date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply with respect to contributions and donations made on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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This bill prohibits contributions or donations by foreign nationals in connection with state or local ballot initiatives or referenda.

Christopher Drake

Republican, NY-2

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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Madam Speaker, 

I rise to speak in support of this bill as the original sponsor. The democratic process by which we choose the leaders of our republic is a sacred institution. It’s what has distinguished our country from others for generations. The American people come together every couple of years to deliberate, debate, argue, and elect the men and women who will lead their communities for a time before we come together again to repeat the process. Because of this, the citizens of the United States have the ultimate say in what happens in our country, in how it is led and how it is run. We The People choose our leaders, and that is how it should always be—American leaders chosen by American citizens. 
 

Unfortunately, that ideal is threatened by foreign interference in our elections, Madam Speaker. We’ve see a variety of ways that other countries seek to influence our elections, some more successful than others, but the prospect is very worrisome. Because of our sheer power, wealth, and influence as a nation, foreign nationals operating on behalf of their governments could seek to pay off and bribe officials or make back room deals with elected officials to get one policy or another passed or defeated. That’s a threat to our national sovereignty and could end up being in direct opposition to the will and interests of the American people. The passage of this bill would be a big step towards curbing undue foreign influence in our elections. 
 

The Stop Foreign Funds in Elections Act would prohibit these corrupt exchanges and provide an extra layer of protection from foreign influence on elected officials. The people of the United States, not the elite of foreign lands, should have final say here in America. Let’s make sure we keep that ideal foremost in our country with this bill. 
 

I yield the floor. 

Christopher Drake

Republican, NY-2

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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On 12/4/2021 at 3:32 PM, SWMissourian said:

Representative DRAKE, for himself (and with thanks to Representative FITZPATRICK), introduced the following bill:

A BILL
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the prohibition against contributions and donations by foreign nationals in connection with elections to contributions or donations in connection with ballot initiatives and referenda.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Stop Foreign Funds in Elections Act”.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON CONTRIBUTIONS AND DONATIONS BY FOREIGN NATIONALS IN CONNECTION WITH BALLOT INITIATIVES AND REFERENDA.

(a) Prohibition.—Section 319(a)(1)(A) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30121(a)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting “, including a State or local ballot initiative or referendum” after “State, or local election”.

(b) Effective Date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply with respect to contributions and donations made on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

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This bill prohibits contributions or donations by foreign nationals in connection with state or local ballot initiatives or referenda.

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Time for debate has expired. The House is called to order to vote on the legislation for 96 hours (not including the game pause on December 25th). 

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Voting Bloc Total Aye Nay Present
Nationalist Republicans 51 51 0 0
Evangelical Republicans 51 51 0 0
Business Republicans 51 51 0 0
Moderate Conservative Republicans 50 50 0 0
Moderate Liberal Republicans 10 10 0 0
SJW Democrats 52 52 0 0
Progressive Democrats 52 52 0 0
Environmentalist Democrats 52 52 0 0
Moderate Liberal Democrats 52 52 0 0
Moderate Conservative Democrats 14 14 0 0
  435 0 0
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Bill passes the Senate.

Aye 50
Nay 0
Present 0

 

Senate Votes
State Senator Philosophy Vote
Alabama Tommy Tuberville Nationalist Aye
Alaska Lisa Murkowski Moderate Conservative Aye
Arizona Mark Kelly Environmentalist Aye
Arkansas Tom Cotton Nationalist Aye
California Dianne Feinstein Progressive Aye
Colorado John Hickenlooper Moderate Liberal Aye
Connecticut Chris Murphy Progressive Aye
Delaware Tom Carper Moderate Liberal Aye
Florida Marco Rubio Evangelical Aye
Georgia Raphael Warnock Social Justice Warrior Aye
Hawaii Mazie Hirono Environmentalist Aye
Idaho Mike Crapo Evangelical Aye
Illinois Dick Durbin Progressive Aye
Indiana Mike Braun Evangelical Aye
Iowa Chuck Grassley Business Aye
Kansas Jerry Moran Business Aye
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Business Aye
Louisiana John Kennedy Evangelical Aye
Maine Susan Collins Moderate Conservative Aye
Maryland Ben Cardin Moderate Liberal Aye
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren Progressive Aye
Michigan Debbie Stabenow Environmentalist Aye
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar Moderate Liberal Aye
Mississippi Roger Wicker Evangelical Aye
Missouri Josh Hawley Nationalist Aye
Montana Jon Tester Moderate Liberal Aye
Nebraska Ben Sasse Evangelical Aye
Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto Social Justice Warrior Aye
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Moderate Liberal Aye
New Jersey Cory Booker Progressive Aye
New Mexico Martin Heinrich Environmentalist Aye
New York Chuck Schumer Moderate Liberal Aye
North Carolina Richard Burr Business Aye
North Dakota John Hoeven Evangelical Aye
Ohio Rob Portman Moderate Conservative Aye
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Evangelical Aye
Oregon Ron Wyden Environmentalist Aye
Pennsylvania Bob Casey Jr Moderate Liberal Aye
Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse Environmentalist Aye
South Carolina Lindsey Graham Business Aye
South Dakota John Thune Business Aye
Tennessee Marsha Blackburn Nationalist Aye
Texas Ted Cruz Evangelical Aye
Utah Mitt Romney Business Aye
Vermont Bernie Sanders Progressive Aye
Virginia Tim Kaine Moderate Liberal Aye
Washington Patty Murray Environmentalist Aye
West Virginia Joe Manchin Moderate Conservative Aye
Wisconsin Ron Johnson Nationalist Aye
Wyoming John Barrasso Evangelical Aye
 
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