California wants to let political candidates use campaign cash to secure their devices

Friday, February 22, 2019

As written by Joseph Marks in the Washington Post.

As hackers target California campaigns, the state wants to let political candidates use some of their campaign funds to secure personal phones and computers. 

A bill, which was introduced in the state legislature Thursday, could spark a trend among states that want to protect political races from being upended by the sort of hacking operation that targeted Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

“We saw what this cyberthreat looks like on a big public level in 2016,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), who is officially supporting the legislation, told me.  He plans to promote the bill to other states’ top election officials in coming months and says it's a “no-brainer” they should pursue similar ones.