Earlier this year, Ben Carson proved that he was Annette Bosworth with his sham campaign designed only to fleece vulnerable donors. Now Donald Trump assumes the Bosworth mantle, not only with a doomed non-campaign meant only to stoke his narcissism and funnel money to himself and his layabout family, but by soliciting illegal contributions from foreigners:
Members of parliament in the UK, Iceland, Canada and Australia have reported that they are being inundated on their official government emails accounts with fund-raising pleas from the Trump campaign – some from the candidate himself and others from his sons.
…On Tuesday Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale took to the floor of the House of Commons to complain about what he called “intemperate spam” from the Republican standard-bearer.
SNP MP Natalie McGarry tweeted a copy of an email signed by one of Donald Trump’s sons and offered her own, sharper reply.
“Given his rhetoric on migrants, refugees and immigration, it seems quite extraordinary that he would be asking foreign nationals for money; especially people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror,” she wrote.
At least three Icelandic politicians have received emails condemning “crooked” Hillary Clinton and pledging to match any contributions to his campaign, according to Iceland Monitor.
Australian MP Tim Watts tweets that he has received at least four emails since Friday [Anthony Zurcher, “US Election: Trump’s emails to British MPs Cause Uproar,” BBC, 2016.06.30].
Annette Bosworth did the same thing during her publicity-stunt Senate campaign in 2014, soliciting and accepting overseas donations in blatant violation of U.S. election law. Bosworth was lucky no one filed a complaint against her illegal fundraising with the Federal Election Commission, like the one filed against Trump this week by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21. The complaint calls on the FEC to fine the Trump campaign for its foreign solicitations. A more appropriate penalty would be to build a wall around Trump’s e-mail server and make him pay for it.
Update 09:43 CDT: Furthering the analogy, Trump has hired Bosworth’s former campaign manager Patrick Davis to run his Colorado campaign.