GUNSTER: Foreign-Funded Ballot Measure Decision Demands States’ Attention.

The Federal Election Commission recently voted 4-2 that ballot initiatives don’t count as elections defined by the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. This decision opens the door for foreign nationals to potentially fund initiatives, referendums and recalls — a dangerous and perplexing decision. There is, understandably, bi-partisan concern about the decision. It allows foreign nationals to fund signature collecting, qualify measures and financially support campaigns to amend or create statutory law. (And in some states, even amend its Constitution.) Imagine foreign nationals in China, Russia, or even Iran legally funding multiple ballot measures in battleground States in 2022 or