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Robert Reich: 'Donald Trump wants to keep immigrants out, but he wants to allow foreign campaign donations in'
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Soliciting foreign nationals to donate to a U.S. presidential campaign is illegal.

Robert Reich shared on Facebook

'Donald Trump wants to keep immigrants out, but he wants to allow foreign campaign donations in.

Last week, while he was in Scotland promoting his golf resort there, Scottish members of parliament received emails urging them to 'make America great again' by donating to Trump's campaign. Over the past month, dozens of prominent Icelandic, Scottish, Australian and British politicians have also received fundraising emails from Trump.

Hello? Soliciting foreign nationals to donate to a U.S. presidential campaign is illegal. Sending fundraising emails to members of a foreign government on their official foreign government email accounts is blatantly illegal.

A candidate violates the foreign national fundraising ban if he makes a solicitation despite being aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person 'to inquire whether the source of the funds solicited is a foreign national' or 'to conclude that there is a substantial probability that the source of the funds solicited.' These Trump solicitations were sent to foreign officials whose government email accounts end in '.is' or '.uk' - clearly indicating they live in Iceland or the United Kingdom.

The Federal Elections Commission should take action immediately.' 

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