Following Maryland Revelation, Bills Would Ban Election Vendors from Foreign Control

Jul 19, 2018
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Last week’s news about the Maryland vendor came hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, charging that they hacked the computer networks of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.... The indictment alleged that an unnamed congressional candidate sought and received information on their political opponent from Russian intelligence officials.... Maryland Reps. John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings joined other Democrats on Thursday in asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to refer the matter to the Federal Election Commission. Cummings is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Sarbanes heads the Democracy Reform Task Force, a government accountability group.... The letter said the candidate’s request could violate campaign finance laws. “Prohibitions on election activity by foreign nationals are essential to the very idea of self-government,” the letter said.