Lawmakers must unite to stop Russian interference
The Baltimore Sun’s Sept. 29 editorial, “Russian election meddling was sophisticated and pervasive — and it's not over,” highlights state-sponsored efforts by Russia to sway the 2016 election through Facebook ads and other online advertising platforms. The next election is fast approaching, and we must move quickly to put in place guidelines that prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms to influence our democratic process.
Recently, I led House and Senate Democrats in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission, urging the agency to consider new rules that can help stop foreign governments from anonymously buying online ads to spread misinformation and sow division among the American electorate.
This could be the FEC's finest hour. And for that matter, it could be Congress’ moment to put partisanship and petty politics aside and take action — as patriots — to safeguard our democracy. This isn't about Republicans or Democrats or independents. It is about protecting the bedrock of our democracy.