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H.R. 2939: No Meddling in American Elections Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 30, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2939

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 30, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the knowing disclosure of false information to the public to the detriment of the United States or for the purpose of influencing an election for Federal office, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No Meddling in American Elections Act of 2021.

2.

Public disclosure of false information

(a)

In general

Chapter 37 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 798A the following:

798B.

Public disclosure of false information

Whoever, being an officer or employee of the Federal Government, knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, publishes, disseminates, or otherwise makes available to the public any false information—

(1)

in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government (as such term is defined in section 798) to the detriment of the United States, except with the approval of the President; or

(2)

for the purpose of influencing an election for Federal office (as such terms are defined in section 301 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101)),

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 37 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item related to section 798A the following:

798B. Public disclosure of false information

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