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Underwood urges FEC to address foreign election interference

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood addresses attendees of her press conference on the affect of the high price of diabetes medication on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Edward Outpatient Center in Plainfield, Ill.  Congresswoman Underwood recently released a report detailing the affect on how the high price of diabetes medication have impacted families, seniors and the uninsured.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood addresses attendees of her press conference on the affect of the high price of diabetes medication on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Edward Outpatient Center in Plainfield, Ill. Congresswoman Underwood recently released a report detailing the affect on how the high price of diabetes medication have impacted families, seniors and the uninsured.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood urged Federal Election Commission officials in a letter to address gaps in regulations for the participation of foreign nationals in American elections.

Underwood, D-Naperville, asked the FEC to address loopholes that she said could allow foreign adversaries to interfere in U.S. elections, according to a news release.

She also questioned how leadership vacancies at the FEC would affect the commission’s ability to take enforcement actions against foreign threats.

Underwood said in the letter that the FEC has been operating without a quorum of four commissioners since Sept. 1, which was “effectively neutering” its ability to enforce violations of foreign interference and campaign finance regulations.

“I am gravely concerned that existing gaps in regulations surrounding the foreign national prohibition, coupled with the FEC’s persistent lack of a quorum of commissioners, pose a threat to the integrity of our elections and the strength of our republic,” Underwood wrote in the letter.

Underwood also cited threats of foreign interference in the 2020 election that U.S. intelligence agencies have identified. She asked how a lack of a quorum at the FEC affects the agency’s ability to enforce regulations, work with law enforcement and process complaints among other issues.

“It is critical that the FEC have the capabilities and resources it needs to prevent election interference from foreign nationals,” she said in the letter.

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