Cybersecurity proposal pits cyber pros against campaign finance hawks

The Washington Post

The FEC could decide today whether nonpartisan groups can offer political campaigns free cybersecurity services, an issue that has made bedfellows of Republicans and Democrats but divided cyber pros and campaign finance hawks. “You can go to a lawmaker and say, ‘Hey, remember the time that the Russians tried to hack your campaign and we caught them and didn’t even charge you for it? You owe us,’ ” Adav Noti, chief of staff at the Campaign Legal Center, told me. “Influence buying is not lessened by the fact a company does it on both sides of the aisle,” Noti said. Noti’s organization wrote one of at least three advisory opinions the FEC will be mulling today.

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