The Campaign for Democracy

The Campaign for Democracy

The Campaign for Democracy program aims to become the world’s leading eco-system of dissidents and supporters of democracy. The campaign will undertake a continuous public relations campaign engaging supporters of democracy worldwide and building a powerful intellectual movement.

The program includes a Transatlantic Commission that works to prevent election interference; a robust online presence and media engagement; support for dissidents to participate in international summits and events; sponsorships for relevant international summits and events; and educational activities for young leaders in the democratic world.

Press Release

Transatlantic legislators unite to step up efforts against election meddling

Despite the recent bizarre election meddling double-denial from Presidents Trump and Putin, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic joined forces to demand stronger action against meddling and foul play. Governments, legislatures, social media companies, and civil society are all called upon to step up their efforts. 

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BBC News

Election interference to be sniffed out by early-alert system

An early warning system to spot attempts to subvert elections is being developed by the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, which was created to combat efforts to skew election debate. Its software scours social media and other parts of the net to hunt out attempts to seed subversive content. But experts warn nation states may answer with more sophisticated tactics. "We're trying to create high reliability and easy-to-use tools for civil organisations to use and see what's happening in real time so they can counter it," said Fabrice Pothier, a spokesman for the commission.

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Press Release

Elections still face risk of foreign interference on both sides of the Atlantic, high-level commission warns

A transatlantic, bi-partisan group of political, tech, business and media leaders are warning that neither side of the Atlantic is adequately prepared for the next wave of election meddling coming their way in 20+ major elections before 2020. The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) includes a former NATO Chief, US Homeland Security Secretary, US Vice-President, heads of state and senior political, media and tech figures.

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Bloomberg News

The West Still Isn’t Prepared to Stop Russia Meddling in Our Elections

It’s not just the United States—European countries aren’t ready, either.

In POLITICO Magazine, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff, the two co-chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, makes the case for transatlantic cooperation to ensure the protection of the 20 elections in the next two years, and the integrity of our institutions as such. Looking at recent cases of election meddling in both the U.S. and Europe, and the patchy responses from our democratic institutions, there is every reason to believe that these elections provide 20 ripe new targets for Russia and others to interfere.

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Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity will seek to fill a critical gap by fostering a more transatlantic and collective approach to prevent the next wave of election interference. It will raise awareness of public and governments on what foreign powers, especially Russia, are doing to undermine liberal democracies. The Commission will recommend concrete actions to governments, traditional and new media actors, private sector and non-governmental organizations. Transatlantic and bipartisan in nature, the Commission will seek to share lessons learned between decision-makers and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Preventing the next wave of election interference

Ahead of the 2020 US Presidential Election, the transatlantic alliance will see over 20 critical national and transnational elections. These include the U.S. midterms in November 2018, Ukrainian Presidential and Parliamentary elections, and European elections in 2019.

The Kremlin has a stake in all these elections. In the U.S. and the EU, it seeks to undermine trust in democracy and split the transatlantic alliance. In Ukraine, it seeks a more Moscow-friendly and anti-reformist administration and legislature. Recently-held ballots across the Atlantic raise legitimate concerns about interference in future polls.

Responses have so far been largely fragmented among different agencies and actors, mostly focused on disinformation and “fake news”. Despite their growing critical role in various election campaigns, private sector and tech companies remain only tangentially involved in addressing these challenges.

Statement of Support

Senator Chris Van Hollen

"This is an important step in defending our elections at home and abroad. I’m calling for the same kind of coordination in the DETER Act, and Congress should pass it without delay. We must work with our European allies to protect our democracies and deter Russian aggression."

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Statement of Support

Senator Angus King

“Democracies rely on an informed citizenry – but successful information warfare undermines that foundation by heightening national divisions and shattering the people’s faith that governments truly represent them. Foreign interference in free elections is a grave and ongoing challenge that threatens all Western democracies, which is why the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity is so vital. By raising awareness of outside involvement, sharing knowledge on how to combat the dangers and pursuing technological approaches to block and deter bad actors, this organization can play a major part in defending the integrity of the elections that allow our governments to function.”

The Campaign for Democracy

Interviews with members of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

Commission members

The Commission brings together around a dozen prominent public figures from both the U.S. and Europe with government as well as private sector and media backgrounds.

Co-Chairs

Anders Fogh
Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General (2009-2014), Founder, Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Rasmussen Global

Michael
Chertoff

United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009)

Members

Joe
Biden

Vice President of the United States (2009-2017)

Felipe
Calderon

President of Mexico (2006-2012) 

Nick
Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2015)

Eileen
Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law 

Jeanine
Hennis-Plasschaert

Defence Minister of the Netherlands (2012-2017), Member of the Dutch Parliament

Toomas Hendrik
Ilves

President of Estonia (2006-2016) 

Natalie
Jaresko

Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, Finance Minister of Ukraine (2014-2016)

Tanit
Koch

Editor-in-Chief of Bild Magazine (2016-2018) 

Jeanne
Meserve

Anchor and correspondent at ABC news and CNN (1984-2011), Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (2011-2017)

Victor
Pinchuk

Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist, founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Marietje
Schaake

Member of the European Parliament for D66 (ALDE), Vice-President of the  European Parliament delegation to the US 

Joanna
Shields

UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security and Under-Secretary of State (2015-2017), Member of the UK House of Lords

John
Negroponte

United States Deputy Secretary of State (2007-2009), Director of National Intelligence (2005-2007)