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Illegal? Trump Campaign Asks International Politicians For Money

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Illegal? Trump Campaign Asks International Politicians For Money

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump gestures as he tours his Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, Britain August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

Donald Trump is really milking the Brexit outcome — repeating that he was right about which side would win the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union, arguing that somehow makes him an economic genius, and claiming the results are an early signal of a global movement to “take [your country here] back.”

But now, Trump seems to have gone too far. Members of parliament in the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Australia have sounded the alarm about emails from the Trump campaign that use the Brexit result to solicit funds — even though political donations from foreign sources violate federal election law.

“These voters stood up for their nation — they put the United Kingdom first, and they took their country back,” reads one of the emails, before asking for a contribution.

The email recipients took to social media to denounce Trump’s efforts.


Iceland Magazine reports:

“I have no idea why he emailed me the letter,” MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, a member of the Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn) and one of the Trump emal recipients, told Morgublaðið newspaper.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, head of the Left Green Party, received an email from Trump. “This whole matter is very perplexing. The letter left me speechless,” she said.

The Trump camp doesn’t seem to have reviewed their fundraising email lists very thoroughly: Many recipients are members of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which strongly opposed Brexit and is now calling for an independence vote for Scotland. One of its members, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, called for Trump to be banned from the U.K. She also received fundraising emails from Trump.

How the Trump campaign got all those email addresses is unclear. They might have come from a rented telemarketing list, or perhaps were taken directly from official webpages. But either way, any contribution from a foreign national is illegal under U.S. law, regardless of his or her employment. The fact that the Trump campaign is reaching out to politicians in other countries, most of whom directly oppose his agenda and are now actively complaining about him, is about as bizarre as… well, as the rest of Trump’s campaign.

A representative from the Federal Election Commission told Fusion that although it is illegal for a campaign to solicit foreign contributions, the Trump campaign would only have violated the rules if it knowingly included the foreign email addresses in its mailing list.

Christopher Mullins-Silverstein, an SNP staffer, sent a letter to the FEC complaining about the Trump emails. “You should know who you’re asking these questions to,” he said.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump gestures as he tours his Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, Britain August 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo



  1. Insinnergy June 29, 2016

    So Trump has done something actually illegal with email.
    That’s ironic.

    1. JPHALL June 29, 2016

      Hey right wingers, where are your demands for legal action?

    2. Dominick Vila June 30, 2016

      Can you imagine how Republicans would react if Hillary or Bernie solicited campaign donations from foreign donors? They criticize the Clintons because people worldwide donate to their Foundation, a charitable institution, and remain eerily silent when their hero solicits political contributions from foreigners…who hate his guts!

        1. Dominick Vila June 30, 2016

          Allegations of foreign individuals and entities trying to influence the outcome of elections in the USA is not new. Neither are the investigation and prosecutions that followed. What is different this time is that the son of a presumptive nominee of a major party deliberately solicited contributions from foreigners. In this case, it does not involve foreigners coming here and doing things they were not supposed to do. It involves an American asking for money from foreign special interests.
          I’ll be surprised if an investigation

          is undertaken, and I will be amazed if Trump and/or his son are tried.

          1. Otto T. Goat June 30, 2016

            Provide evidence it was deliberate. The reason the Clintons and the DNC gave John Huang jobs was because he was raising money for them from foreign special interests.

            Here is another Clinton friend, he fed them donations from Chinese government:


          2. johninPCFL June 30, 2016

            Of course it wasn’t deliberate. Trump has no idea where any of those countries are. He believes they are inside the US borders.

          3. Dominick Vila June 30, 2016

            According to a Scottish MP, Trump and his son sent e-mails to foreign politicians asking them for campaign contributions.

          4. july860 June 30, 2016

            So would I.

    3. marriea June 30, 2016

      It doesn’t count. It wasn’t a tweet.

  2. King 0f America June 29, 2016

    Trump gets away with illegal activity while minor attracted persons get thrown in jail over love. It illustrates why we need to elect Hillary.

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  4. I of John June 30, 2016

    This is flatly illegal. Where are the congressional investigations on this?

    1. johninPCFL June 30, 2016

      It wasn’t illegal. Trump has no idea that those countries aren’t in the US. There is no intent to solicit foreign contributions if you don’t know that they’re foreigners.

      /sarc off

      1. Dominick Vila June 30, 2016

        He also stated that people in Scotland were going wild celebrating Brexit. Somebody forgot to tell him that Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. Facts are a foreign concept for The Donald.

  5. greenlantern1 June 30, 2016

    Brexit was an economic DUNKIRK!!
    Both British and American stock markets were clobbered!
    Remember D-DAY?
    Does Trump?
    What happened to the stock market?

    1. Dominick Vila June 30, 2016

      To some extent an over reaction. The DOW, and most world markets are steadily going back to pre-Brexit levels.
      What is going to be interesting to see is whether or not the UK gets the EU concessions they are seeking, after the “divorce” is final.

  6. Blueberry Hill June 30, 2016

    Trump is a liar and a cheater, of course he would not follow the law when begging for money from foreign countries. He belongs in jail. I think he is nothing short of a Terrorist himself. Look at the brainwashing he is doing to his followers and the violence that follows him and with his terrorist followers.


  7. marriea June 30, 2016

    But I thought with his ‘self said’ billionaire status, he was going to finance his own campaign. It seems many of his supporters thought so also.
    So what happened?
    Oh my, did he lie? Is he really a billionaire? IS he realy an upper millionaire.
    Wouldn’t it be a hoot and a holler, if Trump is almost broke by his living standards.?

  8. FT66 June 30, 2016

    Am very, very rich. What has happened to a billionare becoming a begger now?

  9. johninPCFL June 30, 2016

    Perfectly understandable. Trump has no idea that England, Ireland, Iceland, and Scotland aren’t in the US. Since he didn’t know where they were, or that they were foreign countries, the campaign broke no laws.

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