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New FEC Rule Will Allow Foreign Manipulation On American Soil

Under the Biden-Harris regime, every desperate, obscure effort that can possibly be made to usurp control of the American Republic away from the people is being made. And while the latest “voting rights act” (read: Federal election takeover) has been stymied in the Senate, three RINOs and a Democrat on the FEC have made an end-run around Congress to allow Foreign parties to influence American politics and policies. Foreign nationals have long been barred legally from donating to U.S. political candidates or committees. But this latest decision from the FEC will allow them to support “ballot committee” which provides a work-around for foreign nationals, agents, and powers to directly influence and even STEER our domestic policies at the local, state, and potentially federal levels.

Even some Democrats are sounding the alarm on this one:

“Foreign donors shouldn’t be influencing our elections, no matter whether it’s at the federal, state, or local level,” said Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA)

According to Axios,

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 “In a 4-2 vote in July, the FEC ruled ballot initiatives are not “elections” under existing federal law, and therefore the foreign donation prohibition doesn’t apply. Two sources familiar with the decision told Axios that FEC chair Shana Broussard, a Democrat, voted with the panel’s three Republicans to dismiss the underlying complaint. It alleged illicit foreign funding for a ballot committee in Montana.”

The three Republicans who voted with Chairwoman Broussard were Commissioners Allen Dickerson, James E. Trainor III, and  Sean J. Cooksey. Trouble has been brewing on the FEC for months now since the appointment of Broussard, Dickerson, and Cooksey in December 2020.  According to The Washington Examiner, “The political fissure was made public last week when the FEC closed a case involving a pro-Trump political action committee and revealed that Republican Commissioner Allen Dickerson sided with all three Democrats to open the investigation in a 4-1 vote in February.”

To be precise, the FEC Decision read that “The Act defines “election” to mean “a general, special, primary, or runoff election” as well as “a convention or caucus of a political party which has authority to nominate a candidate.”Commission regulations further specify that “[e]lection means the process by which individuals, whether opposed or unopposed, seek nomination for election, or election, to Federal office. The United States Supreme Court has long recognized that the Act “regulates” only candidate elections, not referenda or other issue-based ballot measures.”

In a true first, we find a law that is so specific that it isn’t broad enough to handle what amounts to a semantic difference in what does and does not constitute an election. The notion that a referendum, especially in states with a constitutionally affirmed system for referenda like Arizona, doesn’t constitute an “election” is pathetically laughable and it is patently terrifying for our FEC and Supreme Court to be so naive.

So What Foreign Manipulation Does The FEC Allow Now? BRACE YOURSELF.

Consider some of the referenda on the ballot for 2022, and ask yourself if you want, Russia, China, the EU, Turkey, or Mexico, or any other nation to influence their outcome. Here are a few that are particularly alarming courtesy of Ballotpedia:

Alabama

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Prohibit Changes to Election Conduct Laws within Six Months of General Elections Amendment Elections and Voting Amends state constitution to require changes to laws governing the conduct of a general election to be implemented at least six months from the general election

Alaska

ConCon Constitutional Convention Question Convention Asks voters whether to hold a state constitutional convention

Arizona

LRCA Legislative Changes to Ballot Initiatives with Invalid Provisions Amendment Direct Democracy Allows the legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved ballot measures that contain provisions ruled unconstitutional or invalid by the state or federal supreme court
LRCA Single-Subject Requirement for Ballot Initiatives Amendment Direct Democracy Requires citizen-initiated ballot measures to embrace a single subject

Arkansas

Type Title Subject Description Sponsor
LRCA 60% Supermajority Vote Requirement for Constitutional Amendments and Ballot Initiatives Measure Supermajority requirements and Direct democracy measures Requires a 60% supermajority vote of approval for initiated constitutional amendments and initiated state statutes to be adopted Rep. David Ray (R)
LRCA Legislature Power to Convene Special Sessions Amendment State legislatures measures Allows the state legislature to call itself into extraordinary sessions upon (a) a joint proclamation from the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tempore or (b) upon a proclamation signed by two-thirds of the members in each chamber Sen. Breanne Davis (R)
LRCA Government Burden of Free Exercise of Religion Amendment Religion Amends the state constitution to provide that “government shall not burden a person’s freedom of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability” Sen. Jason Rapert (R)

Connecticut

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Allow for Early Voting Amendment Voting policy Allows the legislature to provide for early voting

Idaho

LRCA Legislative Authority to Call a Special Session Amendment State legislatures Allows the president pro tempore of the state Senate and the speaker of the state House to convene a special session of the Idaho State Legislature upon receiving a joint written request from 60% of the members of each chamber to consider topics specified in the request

Iowa

LRCA Right to Firearms Amendment Firearms Adds a right to own and bear firearms to the Iowa Constitution and requires strict scrutiny for any alleged violations of the right brought before a court

Kansas

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment Abortion Amends the Kansas Constitution to state that there is no right to an abortion or public abortion funding

Kentucky

LRCA No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment Abortion Amends the Kentucky Constitution to state that it does not provide a right to an abortion or public abortion funding

Missouri

ConCon Constitutional Convention Question Convention Ask voters whether to hold a state constitutional convention

Montana

LRCA C-48 Law enforcement Requires search warrant to access a person’s electronic data

Nevada

LRCA Equal Rights Amendment Constitutional rights Adds a new section to the Nevada Constitution that states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this State or any of its political subdivisions on account of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, ancestry or national origin.”
LRCA Minimum Wage Amendment Minimum wage Incrementally increases the minimum wage in Nevada to $12 per hour for all employees by July 1, 2024

New Hampshire

ConCon Constitutional Convention Question Convention Ask voters whether to hold a state constitutional convention

Oregon

LRCA Right to Healthcare Amendment Healthcare Amends the Oregon Constitution to add that the state “ensure that every resident of Oregon has access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate and affordable health care as a fundamental right”
LRCA Remove Slavery as Punishment for Crime from Constitution Amendment Constitutional language Repeals language allowing slavery or involuntary servitude as criminal punishments and authorizes an Oregon court or a probation or parole agency to order alternatives to incarceration for a convicted individual

South Dakota

LRCA Constitutional Amendment C Supermajority requirementsDirect democracyState government finance Requires a three-fifths vote of approval for ballot measures (constitutional amendments and state statutes) placed on the ballot through citizen initiative or referred to the ballot by the state legislature that increase taxes or fees or that would require the state to appropriate $10 million or more in the first five fiscal years

Tennessee

LRCA Right to Work Amendment Labor and unions Makes it illegal for workplaces to require mandatory labor union membership for employees as a condition for employment

Four of the referenda change and/or prohibit changes being made to how elections are handled in the state, after 2020 that would seem pretty important. No? Three are calling for State Constitutional Conventions, which seems pretty fundamentally important. Two of them enable the State Legislature to call themselves back into session without the Governor’s approval or initiative, something which would’ve been game-changing on November 5th, 2020. Does it really seem like a good idea for foreign parties to be able to influence and pump money into these PIVOTAL ballot initiatives?

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