The Trump campaign was caught sending fundraising emails to politicians. That wouldn’t be weird, except that they were sent to politicians in other countries, like the UK, Iceland, Australia, and elsewhere. It is hard to know where all the emails went, but there were a lot of them. Multiple email blasts were sent out both before and after Trump’s trip to Scotland to visit his two golf courses.
The main problem is that soliciting campaign donations from foreign nationals is illegal (and for them to actually donate would also violate US law). Already, complaints have been filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The GOP keeps screaming about Clinton’s email, and while she has admitted that it was a bad idea to use a private email server, she didn’t actually violate any laws. Trump isn’t even waiting until he works for the government –– he’s a lawbreaker already (in addition to all the times he violated the law as a businessman).
Trump claims to be a smart businessman, but this move is absolutely stupid. Foreign politicians would have to be idiots to contribute to Trump. Campaign contributions are published public information, and would look really bad in other countries (especially a contribution to someone who is as disliked internationally as Trump).
But there are even more problems. How can anyone believe that Trump is going to place “America First” if he is already selling himself to the highest bidder, including politicians from other countries? Maybe the word “treason” is a little too strong, but not by much.
And finally, this explicitly demonstrates how completely unaware Trump is about world politics. He targeted fundraising emails at foreign conservatives, but “conservative” means something very different in the UK than it does in the US. For example, when Brexit passed, the Conservative Prime Minister in England resigned, while Trump praised it.
UPDATE: The Trump campaign kept sending out these emails, even after it was widely reported that they are illegal. The list of countries whose politicians have received fundraising emails from Trump now includes UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Even worse, fundraising emails are not just being sent from the Trump campaign, similar emails are also being sent to the same people from a pro-Trump super PAC called Crippled America PAC. And it is illegal for super PACs to coordinate with political campaigns.
Talking Points Memo looked up Crippled America PAC and found that as of their last filing a couple of weeks ago, their total budget was $40. That’s right, forty dollars. I wouldn’t be surprised if we ever find out who runs that super PAC, their name is John Baron.