The Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, HR 4617 introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), is intended to protect our elections from foreign interference and disinformation campaigns. The Mueller investigation detailed a sweeping, coordinated effort by the Russian government to interfere in our election in 2016, and raised the alarm that they continue to spread disinformation on American social media platforms. Furthermore, investigators found that Trump and at least 17 of his campaign officials had more than 100 contacts with Russians and Wikileaks. Now, with the revelation that Trump attempted to force Ukraine to investigate a conspiracy theory to damage a political rival, it has never been more clear we need legislation to protect our elections from foreign interference.
The SHIELD Act would:
Create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents,
Improve transparency of online political advertisements,
Close loopholes that allow foreign nationals and foreign governments to spend in U.S. elections,
Restrict the exchange of campaign information between candidates and foreign governments and their agents, and
Prohibit deceptive practices about voting procedures
Demand your representative support the SHIELD Act to protect our elections in 2020 and beyond.
One call to make: Representative Richmond or Scalise
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling today in support of HR 4617, the SHIELD Act. We must take basic steps to safeguard our elections from foreign interference, especially with Trump’s overt attempts to have foreign governments help him in his reelection campaign.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.