The Danger of the Foreign Agents Registration Act to Civil Society at Home and Abroad

Published: April 2018

The definitions in the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) are both sweeping and vague, providing the Executive wide discretion for enforcement, creating dangers for civil society at home and abroad.

This two-page briefing paper looks at recent attempts to strengthen enforcement of FARA given the concerns over Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election. The paper argues that without modifying the Act’s definitions, strengthening enforcement would likely have significant negative consequences for civil society.