Trump accused of illegally soliciting foreign money
The Federal Election Commission has received a complaint from a nonpartisan group called the Campaign Legal Center that Donald Trump is “illegally” trying to raise money overseas.
“Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign committee is violating black-letter federal law by sending campaign fundraising emails to foreign nationals — including foreign politicians — in at least Iceland, Scotland, Australia and Britain,” the group said in a statement. The group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission highlighting this violation.
“If the FEC fails to take action on our complaint, it could send a message that Trump and other candidates have the green light to fundraise overseas,” said Paul Ryan, the deputy executive director of The Campaign Legal Center.
The complaint contends that this month, Trump’s campaign sent dozens of prominent Icelandic, Scottish, Australian and British politicians fundraising emails seeking donations.