Americans are accustomed to being bombarded by unsolicited fundraising solicitations from American politicians. The British? Not so much.
Several members of the U.K. Parliament in recent days have publicly complained about emailed solicitations from the campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, who has in recent weeks escalated his fundraising efforts.
Conservative lawmaker Roger Gale asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to take action to block Mr. Trump’s emails. “Members of Parliament are being bombarded with electronic communications from Team Trump on behalf of somebody called Donald Trump,” he said. “I am all in favor of free speech, but I do not see why colleagues on either side of the House should be subjected to intemperate spam. Efforts to have them deleted have failed. Would you be kind enough to intercede with the Parliamentary Digital Service to see if they might be blocked?”
Speaker John Bercow offered his sympathy, calling the experience “irritating” and “exceptionally tedious.” He said he would ask the digital department to look at blocking the emails.
Several Scottish lawmakers also told the website Fusion that they had been bombarded with Trump fundraising emails in the last week, around the same time Mr. Trump was visiting Scotland to promote one of his golf resorts.
Some of the fundraising emails sent to those lawmakers praised U.K. voters who “stood up for their nation” and “took their country back” in opting to leave the European Union in last week’s vote, according to Fusion. Unlike English voters, Scots voted overwhelmingly for the U.K. to remain part of the EU.
Other lawmakers have taken to Twitter to complain about Mr. Trump’s emails. “Dear @nytimes, could you pass a message to @realDonaldTrump for me?” wrote Stuart Donald, a Scottish member of Parliament. “Please stop sending campaign begging letters to MPs. It’s pathetic!”
Natalie McGarry, another Scottish member of Parliament, tweeted an email she had written to Mr. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in response to a fundraising solicitation, in which she called the Trump campaign “repugnant.”
“Given his rhetoric on migrants, refugees and immigration, it seems quite extraordinary that he would be asking foreign nationals for money; especially people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror,” she wrote. She concluded: “The above is a long way to say No, and do not contact me again.”
For the Trump campaign, sending fundraising emails to non-Americans could raise questions with the Federal Election Commission, which prohibits campaigns from soliciting or accepting foreign donations. The FEC is, however, unlikely to take any official action, since the lawmakers were likely part of a large email list and were emailed by mistake. The Trump campaign would be required to return any money raised from people who aren’t citizens or green-card holders.
A spokeswoman for Mr. Trump’s campaign declined to comment.
Mr. Trump’s newly ramped up fundraising efforts follow an FEC report earlier this month that detailed his meager haul in May, when he raised just $3.1 million and ended the month with $1.3 million in the bank. General-election opponent Hillary Clinton raised $28 million in that period and had $42 million in her war chest at the end of May.
Mr. Trump’s recent online fundraising efforts—despite the misfires to members of Parliament—appear to have been successful so far. An email sent to supporters on Monday by Mr. Trump’s son, Eric, said the campaign had raised “$11 million in just a few days” and was seeking to raise another $10 million by the end of the month.