US media is reporting on potential new US legislation to combat foreign influence in the country. According to a Politico report:
September 23, 2022 The past few days have seen a flurry of new bills introduced with the goal of shedding more light on foreign influence efforts in the U.S. (relatively speaking, at least). In addition to a proposal from Sens. Gary Peters (D‑Mich.) and Chuck Grassley (R‑Iowa) that would introduce a new layer of oversight on lobbyists seeking to take advantage of FARA’s Lobbying Disclosure Act exemption, a bipartisan quintet of senators introduced another bill that would revoke that exemption and one other for operatives working on behalf of U.S. adversaries.
— The Preventing Adversary Influence, Disinformation and Obscured Foreign Financing Act, or PAID OFF Act, is being spearheaded by Sen. John Cornyn (R‑Texas), along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R‑Fla.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D‑R.I.), Bill Hagerty (R‑Tenn.) and Deb Fischer (R‑Neb.). Under current law, those working to further “the bona fide trade or commerce” of a foreign client, or whose work only indirectly promotes the public or political interests of a foreign government or political party, are exempt from registering as foreign agents. So are those registered to lobby under the more opaque reporting requirements of the LDA.
— But Cornyn’s bill would require registration under FARA — even under those circumstances — for lobbyists representing clients based in countries deemed by the Commerce Department to be foreign adversaries, a list that currently comprises China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Venezuela, headed by Nicolás Maduro, who the Biden administration doesn’t recognize as the legitimate leader.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) extensively covers issues relating to the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).