Axne Applauds House Passage of SHIELD Act

October 23, 2019
Press Release
Legislation would strengthen our elections and campaign finance laws

WASHINGTON – Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) applauded House passage of the Stopping Harmful Inference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, legislation that protects our democracy by strengthening our campaign finance laws and deterring foreign influence. Intelligence community officials have been clear that we should expect ongoing attempts by foreign adversaries to target our elections. Protecting our elections and our national security should be an area for strong bipartisan support. The SHIELD ACT takes the following steps to protect our elections:

  • Requires campaigns to report any illicit offers from foreign governments and their agents;
  • Improves transparency of online political advertising;
  • Closes loopholes that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to spend in U.S elections;
  • Restricts exchange of campaign information between candidates and foreign government and their agents.

“After the election interference we saw in the 2016 and 2018 elections, it’s critical the House continues to pass election security legislation that protects our democracy and stops any foreign governments like Russia from interfering in our elections again,” said Rep. Axne.The SHIELD ACT is one more piece of the House’s election reform package that brings our nation’s election security practices and campaign finance laws into the 21st century.”  

The SHIELD Act is the third election protection bill the House has passed this year, along with the For the People Act (H.R. 1), and Securing America’s Federal Elections, or SAFE, Act (H.R. 2722) which helps states invest in strong, effective election security measures.