@SenWhitehouse @SenSherrodBrown @SenatorCardin @SenatorLeahy Dear Senators: I’m writing you to you this morning because, being from Texas and all, I don’t have a Senator who represents reasonable people.
Here at the top, I need to acknowledge the obvious: Y’all have a lot of important things on your plates. And, of course, I’m seeking to add another item.
As you doubtless appreciate, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938 was farsighted for its time. It is admired in other parts of the world. And, as you also know, it’s flawed and desperately needs updating. I don’t have specific recommendations in this regard.
But, somehow… some way… our country needs to become a bolder beacon of transparency, shining a bright light specifically on the workings of lobbyists and #TheInfluenceIndustry who represent brutal, corrupt, serial human rights-abusing regimes.
In 1992, The Center for Public Integrity shone such a bright light on “The Torturers’ Lobby,” making specific reference to names like Manafort and Stone: folks whose highly profitable work has, over time, proven even more dangerous than first imagined.
The country as we know it will be hard-pressed to withstand the assault of a new generation—armed with even more sophisticated technologies—who seek to polish the swords and reputations of despots. I would appreciate your consideration of this matter. Thank you.

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