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
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
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