H. R. 1237
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 23, 2021
Ms. Houlahan introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit a person from knowingly providing substantial assistance relating to a contribution or donation by a foreign national, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Stop Supporting Foreign Interference in Our Democracy Act.
Prohibition on provision of substantial assistance relating to contribution or donation by foreign nationals
Section 319 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30121) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
or at the end of paragraph (1)(C);
by striking the period at the end of paragraph (2) and inserting
; or; and
by adding at the end the following:
a person to knowingly provide substantial assistance to another person in carrying out an activity described in paragraph (1) or (2).
by adding at the end the following new subsections:
For purposes of subsection (a)(3), the term knowingly means actual knowledge, awareness of pertinent facts that would lead a reasonable person to conclude there is a substantial probability, or awareness of pertinent facts that would lead a reasonable person to conduct a reasonable inquiry to establish—
with respect to an activity described in subsection (a)(1), that the contribution, donation, expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement is from a foreign national; and
with respect to an activity described in subsection (a)(2), that the contribution or donation solicited, accepted, or received is from a foreign national.
For purposes of paragraph (1), pertinent facts include, but are not limited to, that the person making the contribution, donation, expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement, or that the person from whom the contribution or donation is solicited, accepted, or received—
uses a foreign passport or passport number for identification purposes;
provides a foreign address;
uses a check or other written instrument drawn on a foreign bank, or by a wire transfer from a foreign bank, in carrying out the activity; or
Substantial assistance defined
As used in this section, the term substantial assistance means, with respect to an activity prohibited by paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (a), involvement with an intent to facilitate successful completion of the activity.