Of Aliens, Money and Politics: Should Foreign Political Donations Be Banned?

King’s Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2017

19 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2017

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

There is significant public disquiet, hostility even, towards foreign political donations. This is evident from some recent controversies, to name but a few, which occurred in 2016. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was criticized for providing ‘cash for access’ to wealthy Canadian-Chinese business communities said to have links to the Chinese Communist Party. The 2016 American Presidential Election saw both sides caught up in controversies involving foreign donations with allegations that the Republican Trump campaign may have acted illegally by soliciting donations from politicians in Australia, Scotland and Iceland, among others, and criticism of Democrat candidate, Hilary Clinton, for foreign donations that were received by the Clinton Foundation. And in Australia, a prominent Australian Labor Party politician, Senator Sam Dastyari, resigned from the Opposition frontbench after it was revealed that he supported China’s position in the South China Sea dispute, in contradiction with his party’s policy, at an event involving an Australian-Chinese donor who had paid his legal bills.

Keywords: foreign political donations

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Tham, Joo-Cheong, Of Aliens, Money and Politics: Should Foreign Political Donations Be Banned? (2017). King’s Law Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3048611

Joo-Cheong Tham (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

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