WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced the Keeping Foreign Money out of Ballot Measures Act to prohibit foreign nationals from making political contributions related to State ballot measures and initiatives.

“The outcomes of our elections must be decided exclusively by American citizens. As National Director of the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement Program, I worked to protect American elections from foreign interference, and I remain committed to that fight in Congress,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “Foreign contributions in elections pose a threat to our democratic process, and I am grateful to Chairman Steil and Congressman Golden for their partnership on this bipartisan legislation that will ensure that American voices are heard, not drowned out, at the ballot box.”

“It doesn’t matter if the vote is on a state-wide ballot initiative or local referendums, foreign donors shouldn’t have a say in how Maine runs,” said Congressman Golden. “This bipartisan bill would ensure that elections in communities across the state are decided by Mainers, not money from foreigners.”

“American elections are for American citizens. Prohibiting foreign nationals from interfering in our elections is a simple and common-sense policy that will restore voter confidence,” said Committee on House Administration Chairman Bryan Steil. “I thank Congressman Fitzpatrick for leading this legislation that will help ensure our elections are free, fair, and secure.”

The Keeping Foreign Money out of Ballot Measures Act would designate donations by foreign nationals, directly or indirectly to State or local ballot initiatives or referendums, as illegal under the Federal Election Campaign Act. The bipartisan bill follows previous legislation introduced by Congressman Fitzpatrick and Congressman Golden to prevent foreign money from interfering in American elections.

Read the text of the legislation HERE.