Foreign Lobbying Overhauls Stall as Manafort Goes to Trial

Roll Call

This Congress has a crush on the idea of overhauling the nation’s foreign lobbying regulations, but lawmakers apparently can’t seem to find the one bill they want to commit to.

Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog group, said the biggest difference between Kaptur’s and other measures is that her bill also focuses on the campaign finance aspect, something his group supports.

That’s a growing concern not only because of the Manafort case but also the recent arrest of Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist who was charged with working as a foreign agent.

“It looks to close the many loopholes that foreign actors have used to secretly influence American democracy both during elections and after,” Fischer said.

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