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S. 1562: Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act

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When the Trump campaign received outreach from Russian officials, they never reported it to law enforcement. Should they have been required to?


By now it’s well established that officials with connections to — or working on behalf of — the Russian government made overtures to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, with promises of information, assistance, or dirt on his opponent.

There’s a grey zone legally. While it’s a federal crime for a campaign to receive “anything of value” from a foreign national, loopholes in the law relegate that term primarily to things like actual monetary contributions.

Campaign manager Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with Russians, or Russian-hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign that were publicly released? Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report ...

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Mark Warner

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Virginia. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 21, 2019
Length: 8 pages
May 21, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on May 21, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 21, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 21, 2019

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S. 1562 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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