Protect the vote.
On September 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order that lays out a process to levy sanctions on foreign entities that meddle in U.S. elections 90 days prior to an election. The sanctions would be totally at the discretion of the president. The Executive Order has been criticized by Democrats and a few Republicans as not strong enough to deter meddling.
The Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act or DETER is a Senate bill that enshrines the sanctions into the legislation. This leaves no enforcement discretion and signals great resolve and credibility. Sanctions are imposed once infractions are determined by the Director of National Intelligence, not the president.
Another bill designed to protect our elections is the Honest Ads Act. This bill would mandate internet companies or websites that have 50 million viewers a month to identify the persons or organizations purchasing more than $500 on election or campaign ads.
It is interesting that Russian entities bought over $100,000 of internet propaganda between June 2015 and May 2017, well outside the time limit of the Executive Order.
The Honest Ads Act is S.1989 and DETER is S. 2313. Both are tied up in committee.
Call Senator Warner (202-224-2023) and Senator Tim Kaine (202-224-4024) with your opinions about the need to protect our elections.