Congresswoman Kelly’s Statement on First Known Hacking Attempts of the 2018 Cycle
Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Ranking Member of the IT subcommittee, released this statement regarding the first known campaign hacking attempts of the 2018 cycle:
“As shown by these latest hacks, our adversaries are not stopping their efforts to influence and undermine our elections and democratic institutions. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Our enemies are stepping up the attacks on campaigns, political parties and voting infrastructure.
Sadly, the day before these attempted hacks were announced, House Republicans voted to defund the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the sole federal program that provides assistance to states to secure and defend our elections and election infrastructure.
It is clear that these attempted hacks are just the opening salvo. As foreign adversaries ramp up their attacks on our democratic institutions, this Republican-controlled Congress has shown that it’s not serious about defending against this real and growing threat.”
Note: Earlier this week, Congresswoman Kelly wrote to Governor Bruce Rauner concerning the state’s efforts to protect and defend the 2018 election. Her letter was prompted by a Congressional report listing Illinois as one of the eighteen most vulnerable states.