August 16, 2016 7:16 pm -

The Trump campaign continues to implode, this time ignoring warnings about breaking the law.

On Sunday, an Australian member of parliament, Terri Butler, emailed The Hill the latest fundraising solicitation she’d received from the Trump campaign.

The email, received on Aug. 14 just after midnight Australian time, went to Butler’s government email account. It asked her to make a campaign contribution to Trump so she could “join the highest ranks of our campaign as an Executive Member.”
Butler told The Hill she has received several fundraising solicitations from the Trump campaign at her government email account.


Butler is hardly the first foreign official to receive solicitations from the Trump campaign. Members of the United Kingdom Parliament, Peter Bottomley and Bob Blackman, have told The Hill that they’ve received numerous fundraising appeals on the Republican nominee’s behalf.

Asked why the Trump campaign was continuing to solicit foreign donations — particularly the latest email to Butler — a Trump official told The Hill, “The person received one email because they signed up for our system. It was flagged by the system and removed.”

…Asked to explain why foreign donations were still being solicited despite numerous warnings, the Trump official blamed “scammers.”

“We routinely check for foreign nationals,” the official told The Hill on Monday. “However, we’ve seen sometimes that scammers will continue to try to add them to our system.”

The Campaign Legal Center and another non-partisan campaign finance watchdog, Democracy 21, sent a criminal complaint to the Department of Justice after The Hill and other news outlets revealed that the Trump campaign had not heeded the watchdogs’ first complaint, filed with the FEC on June 29.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.