Sunday, July 17, 2016

Donald Trump Defies FEC Complaint, Continues to Solicit Foreign Donations

It's been said that Trump benefits from the famous 'soft bigotry of low expectations.' If he's able to read a panned speech off a teleprompter some want to eulogize him.

This is a potential danger just as in 2000 because W was so clearly in over his head, all he had to do at the debates is not trip over his own shoelaces and he got credit.

What I notice is that Trump gets the benefit of the doubt often even though he's has richly earned the right to be questioned on everything that comes out of his mouth.

I wouldn't believe him on what he ate for breakfast this morning even if it came notarized. After all, the paralegals probably would have graduated from Trump U.

Take for instance his soliciting foreign donations. He was caught soliciting UK politicians in England and Scotland. This was written off as a 'mistake.' Now notice the difference. With Hillary, nobody is ever willing to accept the most innocous explanations with her emails or any other scandals real or imagined.

Right away the most damning explanation is accepted.

But if Trump just did a boo boo in violating federal election law, he hasn't corrected himself.

"Donald Trump's campaign is still soliciting illegal donations from foreign individuals – including members of foreign governments at their official email addresses — weeks after the campaign was put on notice by watchdog groups."

"Foreign members of parliament from the United Kingdom and Australia confirmed to The Hill that they received fundraising solicitations from the Trump campaign as recently as July 12 — two weeks after a widely publicized FEC complaint issued on June 29 by non-partisan watchdogs Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center."

"These latest campaign finance violations were first reported by the investigative website "WhoWhatWhy" and have been confirmed by The Hill."

"The Trump campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment."

"Terri Butler, a progressive Parliament member in Australia, told The Hill in a telephone interview Friday night that she was surprised to continue receiving fundraising solicitations from the Trump campaign at her official government email address."

"She shared several of these emails, including one dated July 12 asking her to make a "generous contribution" to the Trump campaign."

"Butler says she has no idea how her government email ended up on the Trump fundraising list."

"I haven't signed up to any Trump lists," she said.

"Federal law on foreign money in campaigns is black and white, campaign finance lawyers on both sides of the political divide say."

"It's illegal for foreign individuals, corporations and governments to either give money directly to U.S. candidates or spend on advertising to influence U.S. elections. "

And it's also illegal for candidates to solicit foreign money, regardless of whether the donations ever materialize.

"There is now vast documentary evidence that the Trump campaign is continuing to do just that."

"Bob Blackman, a member of the U.K. House of Commons, shared with The Hill a fundraising solicitation sent to his government email address from the Trump campaign on July 12."

"I did not sign up, these are sent unsolicited," Blackman told The Hill in an email.

"Another member of the U.K. Parliament, Peter Bottomley, said he'd received three solicitations from the Trump campaign."

"Neither [Trump's] sons nor anyone else has answered my questions about how they acquired my email nor why they were asking for financial support that I suppose to be illegal for [Trump] to accept," Bottomley told The Hill in an email.

"Fred Wertheimer, president of the campaign finance watchdog Democracy 21, says he's never in his four-decade career seen a campaign continue to brazenly solicit foreign cash after being publicly called out.

"This is kind of absurd. I don't know of anyone else in this situation who would just go on keeping on soliciting money from foreign interests," he said. "I think the fact circumstances here are unprecedented."

"If they are put on notice that their fundraising solicitations of potential foreign donors are illegal and they keep doing it, then you potentially have knowing and willful violations of the law which moves this from civil violations to criminal violations," Wertheimer continued.

Wertheimer said he's going to assess the latest facts and may launch a criminal complaint in addition to his standing FEC complaint.

"It's open and shut that federal candidates can't solicit contributions from foreign donors," he said.

"There's a kind of arrogance about this," Wertheimer added.

"Larry Noble, the general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, said the Trump campaign's foreign solicitations are "really outrageous."

Ok, it's outrageous. So what is going to be done about it? While the media continues to sell the lie that Hillary is corrupt and can't be trusted Trump is already committing impeachable offenses.

But the important thing is that Ruth Bader Ginsberg apologized. She's the big threat to the rule of law, don't you know.

So Trump is committing impeachable offenses but the media's silence is deafening.

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