Trump Illegally Solicited Donations From Foreign Nationals and Lawmakers, U.S. Watchdog Claims

American Democracy Legal Fund demands the U.S. Federal Election Commission investigate emails from Trump's campaign soliciting campaign contributions from lawmakers in six countries.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a coal mining roundtable in Glade Spring, Virginia on Aug. 10, 2016.
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Several political watchdog groups have filed complaints with the U.S. Federal Election Commission alleging Republican candidate Donald Trump has illegally solicited donations from abroad, Politico reported on Sunday.

"We urge the commission to promptly investigate these violations," the latest complaint filed by American Democracy Legal Fund says. It was submitted on August 10.

The complaint accuses Trump's campaign of soliciting funds from MPs from Scotland, Britain, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Australia via email.

"Respondents knowingly and willfully continued to send emails soliciting campaign contributions from foreign nationals," the ADLF complaint stated.

The report notes that American election law prohibits candidates from receiving donations from foreigners.

Several similar complaints were filed against Trump in June by other government watchdogs, such as Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21.

Investigative website WhoWhatWhy, reported in mid-July that emails in question were sent from accounts in the names of Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr., and Brad Parscale, the digital director for the Trump campaign.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a Politico request for comment