Reed Smith Client Alerts

The much-publicized indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy, Richard Gates, unsealed this morning as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to the Russian government (the “Indictment”), will spark increased interest in a federal law that features heavily in the Indictment: the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (“FARA”). This client alert summarizes what you need to know about FARA.


FARA is a transparency statute whose purpose is to allow the U.S. Government and its citizens to (i) identify those who are attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and laws on behalf of foreign officials, and (ii) be informed of the source of “propaganda”—termed “informational materials” in the statute—utilized in those efforts. FARA was originally enacted in 1938 as a response to German propaganda agents in the U.S. in the lead-up to WWII.