FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 17, 2018
Report for Senate Committee Highlights Extent of Russia Operation to Influence Election
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – A recent report prepared for the Senate on the extent of Russian interference during the 2016 election. The report details how the Russian operation used every major social media platform to influence voters by delivering images, videos, and messages tailored to their interests in a clear attempt to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. Moreover, the report highlighted how the Russian operation attempted to suppress certain left-leaning groups of the U.S. electorate, specifically African-Americans, through intimidation and disinformation.
“Today’s report of prolonged interference in our election and the disinformation campaign that followed, by the Russian government, is further proof of the threat that our country faces,” said Congressman John Delaney. “We are constantly learning new information on the extent of Russia’s effort to influence our election and President Trump is still unwilling to accept the findings of his intelligence agencies.
“Protecting our elections is vital to our democracy and bigger than partisan politics, that’s why I introduced bipartisan legislation in the House that would help protect our elections from interference by foreign adversaries. We need to do more as a nation to prepare for one of the biggest threats we face in this age of technology: cyberwarfare. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents need to work together and take commonsense measures to secure our cyber infrastructure so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of 2016.”
In September, after the FBI notified officials in Maryland that a key vendor used by the state for election data had significant financial ties to a Russian oligarch who is an ally to President Vladimir Putin, Delaney introduced the bipartisan Protect Election Systems from Foreign Control Act (H.R. 6449). Under this bill, election systems vendors associated with federal elections must be controlled and owned by domestic companies.