Senator Blocks Bill Requiring Campaigns To Report Offers Of Foreign Help To FBI

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said the bill would pose a burden on campaign workers on “so many different levels."

Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn voted to block a bill on Thursday that would have required campaigns to report information obtained from foreign entities to the FBI, just days after President Trump was denounced for suggesting he would like to accept foreign opposition research in the upcoming campaign.

According to Huffington Post, the Tennessee lawmaker was the only senator to vote against the bipartisan bill, proposed by Virginia Democrat Mark Warner.

It is already illegal for campaigns to receive help from foreign powers, but Warner’s bill would have forced them to report those offers of assistance to Federal authorities, according to the Huffington Post.

The news comes days after Donald Trump claimed he had no obligation to report foreign opposition research he obtained in 2016 to the FBI and suggested he would be open to receiving similar information in the upcoming election season.

Blackburn said the bill would pose a burden on campaign workers on “so many different levels,” and would pose a substantial obstacle for undocumented immigrants volunteering on campaigns.

Warner claimed the Tennessee lawmaker’s interpretation was inaccurate. “The only thing that would have to be reported is if the agent of a foreign government or national offered something that was already prohibited,” he said.

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