H. R. 7519
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 9, 2020
Mr. Engel (for himself and Mr. McCaul) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize rewards for providing information on foreign election interference, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Rewards for Providing Information on Foreign Election Interference Act.
Authorization of rewards for providing information on foreign election interference
Section 36 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2708) is amended—
in subsection (a)(2), by inserting
foreign election interference, before
transnational organized crime;
in subsection (b)—
in paragraph (5), by striking
or (10) and inserting
(10), or (13);
in paragraph (11), by striking
or after the semicolon at the end;
in paragraph (12)—
sections and inserting
or (b)(1) and inserting
or 2914(b)(1); and
by striking the period at the end and inserting
; or; and
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
the identification or location of a foreign person that knowingly engaged or is engaging in foreign election interference.
in subsection (k)—
by redesignating paragraphs (3) through (8) as paragraphs (5) through (10), respectively;
by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new paragraphs:
foreign person means—
an individual who is not a United States person; or
a foreign entity.
Foreign election interference
foreign election interference means conduct by a foreign person that—
violates Federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law; or
is performed by any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of a foreign government or criminal enterprise; and
includes any covert, fraudulent, deceptive, or unlawful act or attempted act, or knowing use of information acquired by theft, undertaken with the purpose or effect of undermining public confidence in election processes or institutions, or influencing, undermining confidence in, or altering the result or reported result of, a general or primary Federal, State, or local election or caucus, including—
the campaign of a candidate; or
a ballot measure, including an amendment, a bond issue, an initiative, a recall, a referral, or a referendum.
in paragraph (10), as so redesignated, in subparagraph (A), by striking
and after the semicolon and inserting