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Georgia Senate approves Bill prohibiting donations from Foreign Individuals

Georgia Senate approves Bill prohibiting donations from Foreign Individuals

Atlanta, GA: Georgia Senate passes bill prohibiting foreign donations to state candidates

The state Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 368 with a vote of 52-0. Foreign agents conducting business in Georgia must register with the state ethics commission under the new measure.

“President Joe Biden’s policies have led to a concerning issue for our Nation: foreign interference in our campaigns and elections,” stated Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican. I urge the General Assembly to swiftly approve a bill prohibiting foreign funding in elections and campaigns, as well as mandating that political consultants and lobbyists representing foreign entities register and disclose their activities to the state.

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“Georgia’s elections are the most secure nationwide, and I am dedicated to maintaining this standard,” Raffensperger stated.

According to state Sen. Rick Williams, R-Milledgeville, a $500,000 fine would be imposed for each violation, as discussed on the Senate floor.

The topic of elections has been a point of contention since the 2020 election. Raffensperger, who has faced criticism from former President Donald Trump and some Republicans for his handling of the 2020 election, has been outspoken on election matters and has criticized fellow Republicans for certain legislative proposals, like the attempt to remove QR codes from ballots.

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