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Stop political spending by foreign-influenced U.S. firms
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Stop political spending by foreign-influenced U.S. firms

Michael Sozan argues that state and federal leaders should pass legislation to stop foreign influence in U.S. elections, using California's recently passed Proposition 22 as an example.

Although the aftermath of the presidential election has dominated headlines since Election Day, California saw a development that strikes at the heart of its own self-governance. Foreign-influenced U.S. corporations spent tens of millions of dollars to help pass Proposition 22, invalidating a California law and allowing the companies to classify their workers as contractors instead of employees.

One of these corporations – Uber – is partially owned and controlled by the government of Saudi Arabia. Another corporation – Lyft – is partially owned by a Chinese conglomerate. This means that Saudi Arabian and Chinese investors played a role – at least indirectly – in determining the fate of important California policy. The time has come for state and federal leaders to pass common-sense laws to stop foreign influence in our elections via American corporations.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Mercury News. Click here to view the full article.

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Michael Sozan

Senior Fellow