Law­mak­ers must unite to stop Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence

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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.

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