CLC Complaint to FEC Alleging Foreign National Campaign Finance Violations via Political Tourism Packages


CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging repeated violations of the foreign national contribution ban and the straw donor ban. The complaint outlines a two-year pattern of Chinese nationals being invited to U.S. political fundraisers at six-figure costs, often with promises of photos with President Trump, and then appearing at those fundraisers. The evidence suggests that U.S. nationals are being reimbursed for their political contributions with funds paid by Chinese nationals participating in these political tourism packages, in apparent violation of multiple provisions of U.S. campaign finance law.