|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe candidates running for public office, their immediate families, and any person involved in their campaigns, should notify the FBI if any of them are told about or offered unsolicited information about another candidate running for the same office if they believe that information to come from a foreign power or government.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe the bill could affect a candidate’s opposition research and could potentially prevent certain information from being revealed.
The Duty to Report Act would make it a crime for federal candidates, their immediate families, or people involved with their campaigns to fail to notify the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) if any of them are told about, offered, or receive in an unsolicited way non-public, materially significant information about another candidate for the same office which they know or should know is from a foreign power or the agent of a foreign power.
In simpler terms, should candidates, their family members, or campaign workers receive unsolicited information from a foreign country regarding their opponent, they must disclose this information with the FBI.
The bill does offer some exceptions for certain information. The following information does not have to be shared with the FBI:
- Information which candidates or individuals can believe the information is in the public domain; and
- information which no person would reasonably believe could be used to the advantage of the campaign of the candidate who receives such information or to whom the information is offered to (i.e. family members, etc..).
According to Rep. Swalwell, this legislation was introduced in consequence to the Trump family acknowledging that Russia offered them “dirt” on Donald Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential election.
In his press release, Rep. Swalwell says,
Sponsored by: Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 16 Dem.