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CKA Co-Chairs Malinowski and Curtis Urge Action After Pandora Papers

October 5, 2021

Co-Chairs Call on Senate to Pass Six Counter-Kleptocracy NDAA Measures and Administration to Use Standing Authorities to Block Dirty Money and Kleptocrats

WASHINGTON—Today, Representatives Tom Malinowski and John Curtis of the Congressional Caucus against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy made the following statement:

"Disclosures within the Pandora Papers are the clearest demonstration yet of the historic threat posed by foreign corruption. Billions of dollars of dirty money belonging to adversarial actors are flooding the United States, undermining our national security. It is imperative that we take all necessary measures to stem this tide. Already, the Caucus against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy has placed six different measures in the House’s defense bill that would counter this threat. We call on the Senate to place these in its defense bill as well. We also call on the administration, which has called countering corruption “a core U.S. national security interest,” to take immediate action with the authorities Congress has already grated to it to counter the flow of dirty money into the United States. The United States must also work closely with its democratic allies to ensure that dirty money does not simply seek out the lowest common denominator. It is incumbent upon us democracies to purge the dirty money in our systems, deny corrupt foreign officials safe haven, and stand with the victims of kleptocracy."

The Caucus against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy focuses on fighting kleptocracy, an authoritarian governance model in which political leaders routinely engage in illicit self-enrichment, maintain power through corrupt patronage networks, exploit rule of law jurisdictions to conceal and protect stolen assets, and use strategic corruption as a tool of foreign policy.

Because the fight against foreign corruption spans several of committees of jurisdiction, the Caucus allows members and staff to share perspectives and coordinate efforts to confront the growing threat of foreign corruption. The Caucus holds periodic hearings, sponsors informal roundtables and staff briefings with leading experts, coordinates oversight letters and legislative initiatives, and facilitates information-sharing across committees.