The Washington Post: Post Politics Donald Trump keeps asking foreign leaders for money. The latest: Vicente Fox.
It is illegal for an American candidate to solicit funds from foreign nationals. The law was brought to the attention of the Trump campaign back in June, when reports surfaced that lawmakers in Scotland, England, Iceland, Australia and other countries were getting a barrage of fundraising emails from the Trump campaign. Two campaign finance watchdog groups, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, filed complaints in June with the Federal Election Commission.
But the emails kept going out to foreign leaders. That prompted Democracy 21 and Campaign Legal Center to write a letter in July to the Justice Department, asking them to investigate whether the Trump campaign had "engaged in knowing and willful violations" of campaign finance laws, which could carry criminal penalties.