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senate Bill S. 1247

Should Candidates & Campaigns Report Offers of Election Assistance by Foreign Gov'ts to the FBI?

Argument in favor

As the Mueller report and FBI Director Christopher Wray have made clear, it’s necessary to create more protection against foreign interference in political campaigns. Requiring candidates and campaigns to report foreign agents’ offers of assistance will help prevent election interference by foreign adversaries.

RjGoodman's Opinion
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09/28/2019
I am saddened that we even have to codify this. I would like to think that this would be common sense, but with this group of legislators, it appears not. We must protect our country, our democracy and our election process. This will help.
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jimK's Opinion
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09/28/2019
It is in the interests of many foreign adversaries to influence the electorate to either vote for someone that has positions that align with their interests or someone known to be undisciplined and erratic in order to undermine faith in our government. tump was a win-win for the Russians who employed huge social media incursions to shape opinions of voters in key electoral districts- aided by Manafort's hand delivered and strategically detailed polling data. trump himself hired Cambridge Analytica to use militarily developed and proven psi-ops tactics to target key voter demographics with personally targeted messages to people whose psych profiles (developed by analysis of where they lived and public records)- showed them to be susceptible to influenced opinion change. This kind of stuff is really scary and election assistance from any foreign agent can open doors to this kind of intrusion. YES, absolutely- any offer of aid to any candidate (or seated politician) must be reported and investigated if we are going to ever have faith that our elections are a fair and honest representation of our people's wishes.
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B l's Opinion
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09/28/2019
It is already the LAW But tRump thinks he is above the LAW Impeach him when it comes before the senate vote: If you are silent that means to me you are complicit. When does our country mean more to you than Party? Right is Right, Wrong is still Wrong.
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Argument opposed

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) already prohibits political campaigns from accepting help from foreign nationals, so there’s no need for this bill. Additionally, receiving information from foreign governments could be construed as “oppo research,” not acquiescing to foreign interference in U.S elections.

Joe's Opinion
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09/28/2019
What I think is an ADULT should go to Congress and tell the children that party time is over, open their books and get to WORK!! This ridiculousness is making our Republic the laughing stock of the world!! Americans are PISSED. Expel Shiffty!! GET TO WORK and support our elected President!!
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JTJ's Opinion
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09/28/2019
Prosecute the Clintons for accepting foreign assistance with that phony dossier. Enough with the double standards and immunity for corrupt democrats.
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Raymond 's Opinion
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09/28/2019
@jkay. This is actually already law. And seems to me You Leftist that Creepy Uncle Joe Biden has already broken the law. As do most Democrats and Republicans. Our country has been taken over by Swamp people. People who are not elected but have been in Washington DC for generations. When Trump said drain the Swamp it’s people LIKE YOU that confuse the issue and the TRUTH because you’re so small minded and really do have Trump Derangement Syndrome.
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    I am saddened that we even have to codify this. I would like to think that this would be common sense, but with this group of legislators, it appears not. We must protect our country, our democracy and our election process. This will help.
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    What I think is an ADULT should go to Congress and tell the children that party time is over, open their books and get to WORK!! This ridiculousness is making our Republic the laughing stock of the world!! Americans are PISSED. Expel Shiffty!! GET TO WORK and support our elected President!!
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    It is in the interests of many foreign adversaries to influence the electorate to either vote for someone that has positions that align with their interests or someone known to be undisciplined and erratic in order to undermine faith in our government. tump was a win-win for the Russians who employed huge social media incursions to shape opinions of voters in key electoral districts- aided by Manafort's hand delivered and strategically detailed polling data. trump himself hired Cambridge Analytica to use militarily developed and proven psi-ops tactics to target key voter demographics with personally targeted messages to people whose psych profiles (developed by analysis of where they lived and public records)- showed them to be susceptible to influenced opinion change. This kind of stuff is really scary and election assistance from any foreign agent can open doors to this kind of intrusion. YES, absolutely- any offer of aid to any candidate (or seated politician) must be reported and investigated if we are going to ever have faith that our elections are a fair and honest representation of our people's wishes.
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    It is already the LAW But tRump thinks he is above the LAW Impeach him when it comes before the senate vote: If you are silent that means to me you are complicit. When does our country mean more to you than Party? Right is Right, Wrong is still Wrong.
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    Yes reporting corruption should still be considered the RIGHT THING TO DO.
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    Obviously we can no longer trust people running for office to NOT solicit foreign governments, institutions and oligarchs from manipulating our free elections. What should be common sense for anyone wanting to go into public service must be criminalized or states and the federal government will become beholden to non US interests. It is well documented how leaders in other countries are tasking their wealthiest citizens to purchase and/or invest in US businesses to gain power. We see this happening in some Red States already. Our democracy and freedom are at stake.
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    Yes, candidates and their election campaign leaders should report any and all offers of election help by non USA entities and nations to the FBI immediately. There should be no wavering. It is a black snd white issue.
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    🤔 Who’d want to be opposed to this legislation being passed. 🤔 As the Mueller report and FBI Director Christopher Wray have made clear, it’s necessary to create more protection against foreign interference in political campaigns. Requiring candidates and campaigns to report foreign agents’ offers of assistance will help prevent election interference by foreign adversaries. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.28.19........
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    Donald Trump has taught us that his corruption and unscrupulous behavior make this law necessary. Vote yes.
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    Prosecute the Clintons for accepting foreign assistance with that phony dossier. Enough with the double standards and immunity for corrupt democrats.
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    It’s already the law, this is a dumb question! Since we are at the point where politicians can’t put country over winning, we are morally bankrupt. We need our politicians to put people over donations as well. Just so you all know, Al Gore got a package containing a video of Bush practicing debate questions. He and his campaign immediately turned it over to the FBI.
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    No question
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    It's too bad that it needs to become a law, but so be it.
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    Absolutely! This should not even be a question. It is illegal for a campaign for any US office to take assistance from a foreign government to aid that campaigns election to office! Period end of story so LOCK HIM UP!!!!
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    Yes. Report offers of elections interference/ influence from foreign entities.
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    The fact that we have to codify and create a law that enforces candidates to report this to the FBI is so very sad. But, we must protect our elections, our democracy, and our freedom.
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    Why should there be ANY question?! If a foreign power offers election interference, it MUST be immediately reported!
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    File this under ‘D’ for ‘duh’. Why haven’t they been in the past? For me this is almost level with treasonous.
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    Yes. We have to do this. Before, we could trust basic integrity and decency would compel candidates to do this. But Trump and the current iteration of the Republican Party has taught us that we must codify this into law. Just in case a political party in the future once again decides to throw themselves, body and soul, behind another sociopath.
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    No foreign government should be allowed to have a say in any way to our elections.
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