ACLU Letter Expressing Significant First Amendment Concerns re: the SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617)

Document Date: October 16, 2019

In this letter to Congress, the ACLU urged members of the House Administration Committee to address our significant First Amendment concerns with the SHIELD Act during the bill’s markup. While we applaud Congress’ attempts to limit the interference of foreign adversaries in our elections, the SHIELD Act strikes the wrong balance — sweeping too broadly and encompassing more speech than necessary to achieve its legitimate goals.

The ACLU urged the House Administration Committee to amend the SHIELD Act to address our concerns and protect the rights of everyone in this country to communicate in their chosen manner about important political issues.

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