David Mitrani was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article discussing the legality of the Facebook ads purchased by a Russian company during the 2016 election. On the topic, he explains:
Political activity by foreign nations or foreign government to influence U.S. elections in broadly prohibited by campaign finance law. U.S. law also tightly restricts propaganda material produced by foreign governments for domestic audiences. Content that doesn’t mention political candidates falls into a grey area.
“Foreign nationals are prohibited from giving money to federal, state and local politicians and are prohibited from spending money to influence American elections, directly or indirectly, but the reality of the restriction is that it’s very complicated,” said Dave Mitrani, a attorney with Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock who advises Democratic candidate and campaigns on campaign finance law.
You can read the full article here.