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
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