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H.R. 1117 (113th): America is for Americans Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1117


March 13, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to apply the ban on contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals to domestic corporations in which foreign principals have an ownership interest.


Short Title; Findings


Short Title

This Act may be cited as the America is for Americans Act .



Congress finds the following:


The Government has a compelling interest in preventing foreign individuals and associations from influencing our Nation's political process. Such entities neither enjoy nor deserve any legal or constitutional right to such influence.


The presence of foreign individuals or associations within domestic associations, to any degree, creates an unacceptable risk of foreign influence over our Nation's political process.


The law does not allow foreign individuals and associations to vote in our elections; by the same token, the law should not allow them to exercise any influence over our Nation's political process, directly or indirectly, and neither personally nor in alliance or combination with others.


Application of Ban on Contributions and Expenditures by Foreign Nationals to Domestic Corporations With Foreign Ownership

Section 319(b) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 ( 2 U.S.C. 441e(b) ) is amended—


by striking or at the end of paragraph (1);


by striking the period at the end of paragraph (2) and inserting ; or; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


a corporation (other than a foreign principal, as so defined) in which one or more foreign principals directly or indirectly has an ownership interest.