ABA Journal: Some Facebook ads bought by Russian company may have violated US election law

Debra Cassens Weiss
Sep 11, 2017
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Facebook revealed last week that it had discovered an operation likely based in Russia had spent $100,000 on political ads. The disclosure raises questions about whether the ad buys were illegal.

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If the Russian company violated U.S. election law, it’s unlikely Russia would extradite anyone to the United States to face charges, according to the Campaign Legal Center blog. Americans who helped place the ads—even those who aren’t associated with a campaign—could be more at risk. The reason: Federal law bars anyone from “knowingly providing substantial assistance” to foreign nationals that violate election law, the blog says.

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