Is Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump asking random, non-U.S. politicians for cash?
British, Icelandic and Australian members of parliament have received emails from the Trump team, ins ome cases pledging to match donations dollar for dollar.
May be Donald Trump bought lists - bizarre for grassroots campaign - but how does he opt out of foreign donations? pic.twitter.com/jVwfdFnI6U— Natalie McGarry MP (@NatalieMcgarry) June 27, 2016
Has someone added me to the Trump email list as a prank, or has he bought a really dud spam email marketing list? pic.twitter.com/QnN6vaBFcI— Tim Watts MP (@TimWattsMP) June 24, 2016
The story, picked up by Talking Points Memo, quotes Icelandic MPs as saying they are perplexed and speechless over the emails.
Trump bombards MPs/House of Commons with fundraising emails asking for campaign donations https://t.co/UnV3BGo1hA— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 29, 2016
Trump now sending fundraising emails to all members of the Parliament of Iceland hitting up for campaign cash https://t.co/Z8KwCCqEFC— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 29, 2016
"I have no idea why he emailed me the letter," Independence Party MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, one of the email recipients, told Morgublaðið newspaper.
Katrín Jakobsdóttir, head of the Left Green Party, also received an email from Trump.
"This whole matter is very perplexing. The letter left me speechless," she said.
British MP Sir Roger Gale on Monday reportedly appealed to the Speaker of the Commons to help to block the "intemperate spam."
"Mr Speaker, I'm all in favour of free speech but I don't see why colleagues on either side of the House should be subjected to intemperate spam.
"Efforts to try to have these deleted have failed. I wonder if you'd be kind enough to intercede with the Digital Services Department to see if they may be blocked."