Aftonbladet, a Swedish news outlet that has been in circulation for 186 years, just exposed Trump for soliciting money from Swedish members of the European Parliament.
Trump Making Headlines… In Sweden!?
The Donald made a major splash in Swedish headlines. Aftonbladet reported Wednesday that Trump has been email blasting foreign nationals.
“With 22 days left, it is now or never. We ask my dad’s supporters who have not yet contributed financially to join Team Trump with a special donation of 20 dollars and 17 cents. “
The e-mail, signed by Eric Trump, is just one of many received by Marita Ulvskog, a Swedish Social Democrat and member of the EU Parliament. Ms. Ulvskog states that she has received 40 to 50 emails all signed by either Eric, Donald Trump Junior, or Mr. Trump himself. The .17 cent balance is added because, according to Eric Trump, 2017 will be the year when Americans take back their government from career politicians.
“One wonders how they select who they send email to. I have no sympathy whatsoever for a politician like Donald Trump. This feels very extreme.” states Ms. Ulvskog, “There are apparently no limits to what he is prepared to do to win.”
Did Trump Break The Law?
According to the FEC, non-citizens are not permitted to donate to U.S political campaigns. However foreign nationals in possession of a Green Card are allowed to do so.
It is also a serious violation of federal election law to even solicit funds from foreign nationals. Trump has been caught doing this before according to an official complaint filed by non-partisan group, Democracy 21. Apparently Trump has been pulling these shenanigans since the Republican primary. Self funding, huh?
“Donald Trump should have known better,” said Paul S. Ryan, the Deputy Executive Director of the Campaign Legal Center, in the complaint. “It is a no-brainer that it violates the law to send fundraising emails to members of a foreign government on their official foreign government email accounts, and yet, that’s exactly what Trump has done repeatedly.”
And that is exactly what he has done yet again according to Aftonbladet.
“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 fund raise overseas.”
With the lack of any serious fallout, Trump has continued asking for funds from foreign nationals. Mr. Trump has had no reason to stop and will likely continue to do so until the end of the election.
Speculation has been flying around the nation about the potential involvement of the Kremlin in this election year. With this news, many Americans may be wondering how far down this rabbit hole really goes.
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