FEC chair releases statement on ‘illegal contributions from foreign governments’

The chair of the Federal Election Commission released a statement Thursday afternoon concerning “illegal contributions from foreign governments.”

In her statement, Ellen Weintraub, who has been a member of the commission since 2002, appointed by President George W. Bush, says:

“Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for anyone to solicit, accept or receive anything of value from foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. This is not a novel concept. Electoral intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginnings of our nation. Our Founding Fathers sounded the alarm about “Foreign Interference, Intrigue and Influence.” They knew that when foreign governments seek to influence American politics, it is always to advance their own interests, not America’s. Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation. Any political campaign that receives an offer of a prohibited donation from a foreign source should report that to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Her statement comes after Democrats were outraged following President Donald Trump’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

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