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Calling on London

Apparently not satisfied with the fundraising constraints of the U.S. borders, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is seeking campaign cash in foreign lands. An email from his finance chief, first reported this week by the New York tabloids, urges American supporters in London to attend a high-dollar fundraiser with the mayor next month.

Giuliani is scheduled to give a speech in London on Sept. 19. That's not so unusual. But holding a full-fledged fundraiser abroad is bit of an eyebrow-raising event. It is illegal for U.S. candidates to solicit campaign donations from foreigners (remember Bill Clinton and the money from China?). So holding a fundraiser abroad might seem a bit dicey.

There's no indication, however, that Giuliani is doing anything illegal. According to the New York Post, the email from Donna Henderson sought Americans living in London: "We are recruiting host committee members today and want to include everyone who can make a firm commitment to raise a minimum of $10,000," she wrote.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  August 15, 2007; 4:30 PM ET
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There are six million Americans living overseas who still retain their rights as American Citizens which includes the right to vote and be active in political campaigns.

Although a Democrat I find it refreshing that a presidential candidate is willing to acknowledge that to be an American one does not have to live in America.

Posted by: aajkt | August 19, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

His real name should be THE JOKER......

Posted by: janet.m.ramos | August 16, 2007 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Whether illegal or not, it looks at best very sketchy, and why would he do something so "apparently" improper. Can't raise enough here?

Is he going to ask for passports at the door? This seems like a really dumb idea that will haunt him.

Posted by: jprice1 | August 15, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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