Despite Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s rhetoric of nationalism and the shirking of outside influenes his campaign has been warned numerous times by the Department of Justice not to solicit foreign political contributions. Trump once again shows his hypocriritical rhetoric only applies to his political enemies, and not to himself.
An email which was received on August 14 by an Australian member of Parilament named Terri Butler was recently disclosed. The email asked Butler to donate to Trump’s campaign so she might have the distinct pleasure to “join the highest ranks of our campaign as an Executive Member.” This wasn’t the first Trump solicitation email sent to Butler in recent weeks. Butler is not alone in being a member of foreign government to receive such solicitations. Two members of the UK’s parliament have come forward named Peter Bottomley and Bob Blackman to state they too have received numerous solictations.
It is against election law in the United States for a political candidate to receive donations from foreign governments, corporations, or individuals. It is also illegal for any foreign entities to spend a single dime on advertising to influence election outcomes.
Trump’s campaign claims the emails were sent through an automated system.
At this time there has not been any evidence publicly released which shows Trump’s campaign has actually received any foreign donations, and the Federal Election Commission has refused to directly comment on their investigation. A spokesman for the FEC said, “To protect the interests of those involved in a complaint, the law requires that any Commission action on an enforcement matter be kept strictly confidential until the case is resolved.”
We’ll all be waiting on pins and needles with bated breath to learn the outcome of the investigation.