FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub: "In this tumultuous political year, foreign influence on American elections has emerged as an area of great concern to the American people. A startling story this week in The Washington Post provides the latest evidence why: 'U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.'
"Already, we have seen reports of foreign interference with our political parties. We have seen reports of foreign hacks of state voter-registration data. And we may have spotted the tip of the iceberg in foreign political spending, the true size of which is obscured by a sea of dark money."
"Today, the FEC cannot provide assurances to the American people that foreign money is not being used to sway how American citizens vote. This is unacceptable. It is within the power of this Commission to provide these assurances. It is our duty to do so."
"Our courts have said that foreign money may be barred from our elections. Congress has said that foreign money must be barred from our elections. The American public has the right to expect the Federal Election Commission to ensure that foreign money is barred from our elections. To fail to do so is to threaten the integrity of America’s political institutions and thus the national security of America herself."