Trump scandals come so thick and fast we seem inured to whatever the latest one might be. Judge Ellis’ light sentencing of Paul Manafort makes it seem as if the justice system doesn’t care about scandals, or even crimes, involving rich people in suits. Trump’s base certainly doesn’t; his scandals are part of the demagogue bad-boy persona that gets them so fired up.
But here’s yet another scandal, involving foreign money given through shell corporations to fund Trump’s inauguration. Attempt to curry favors, anyone?
Foreign entities are not allowed to make contributions to U.S. political campaigns, including to fund inaugurations.
“US election law prohibits non-resident foreigners from contributing to political campaigns, including inaugurations. Donors or campaigns who “knowingly and willfully” breach this rule may be fined or prosecuted.
One of the $25,000 donations to Trump’s inauguration was made through a Delaware shell company for a wealthy Indian financier based in London, who appears to not hold US citizenship or residency.
Another was made by a company formed in Georgia by a lobbyist with connections to the Taiwanese government. His wife said the firm was funded by Chinese investors. One of their daughters was later given an internship in Trump’s White House, which they said was unrelated to the donation.