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Welp, That's Weird. But of Course It Is

So Tim Watts is my new best friend in the Australian federal parliament. MP Tim Watts. Needless to say, we're pals now because he's getting bombarded by the Trump campaign asking for money to fight 'Crooked Hillary'. Among other things, Tim's a Labor party member. So even apart from it being illegal for Trump to solicit funds from Tim (remember, Tim's not an American citizen, being from Australia), their politics likely don't line up. So as we've been researching Trump's top foreign countries for fundraising, I've been curious whether the Trump campaign has now taken the actually quite simple steps required to purge its list of at least foreign government officials at their government email addresses.

The answer is: no. As recently as last night (US time) Tim was getting emails from Trump begging for more money ahead of the critical June FEC deadline - which we discussed yesterday.

But here's where things got significantly weirder.

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The Desperate and the Fail: Inside Trump's June Fundraising Blitz

I still can't quite believe that even as big a huckster as Donald Trump thinks he can get away with this. But it's starting to seem like Trump was probably lying when he announced with great fanfare a week ago that he was converting some $50 million of loans to his campaign into simple contributions. This would mean that he could no longer use future contributions to pay himself back for those loans. In other words, he couldn't have either small donors or GOP fat cats reimburse him for his "self-funded" primary campaign.

This news comes from Ari Melber and Alexandre Jaffe at NBC News. Back on June 23rd, on the heels of the Trump campaign's catastrophic and humiliating May FEC report, he grandly announced that he was forgiving the debt and that he would file the relevant paperwork with the FEC that day.

But that apparently never happened. The FEC has no record of such a filing.

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Could Something So Stupid Be True?

TPM Reader BM has a theory that is at first glance ridiculous. In fact, on second glance it is also ridiculous. But when it comes to trying to figure out why Donald Trump is asking legislators in Denmark, Iceland and Australia to send him political contributions, I'm really not sure it's more ridiculous than the other theories. Here's BM ...

I have a purely speculative alternate hypothesis for how this train wreck of funding solicitations to foreign legislatures came about.

First, posit that DJT and the rest of his clan have now, and/or have had in the past, business interests in the UK (golf courses), Iceland (google "FL Group"), Australia, Canada, etc.

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Trump Foreign Contributor/Derp Update

Yesterday, Caitlin MacNeal reported that Donald Trump had been bombarding MPs from the United Kingdom with fundraising emails asking for money to fund his campaign against "Crooked Hillary." Then last night I reported that Trump and his sons have been upping the ante and sending emails to every member of the parliament of Iceland also asking for money.

“I have no idea why he emailed me the letter,” said MP Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, a member of Independence Party. “This whole matter is very perplexing. The letter left me speechless,” said MP Katrín Jakobsdóttir, head of the Left Green Party. If you're wondering if this is as bizarre as it sounds, Yes, it totally is. Trump and his wastrel sons appear to be developing a new composite literary form - the hybrid campaign money ask/Nigerian email scam email. 'Dearly Beloved in Christ, I am former billionaire Donald Trump, now fighting to regain my fortune from Crooked Hillary ..." But once I posted about Iceland, the floodgates truly opened. Those weren't the only countries.

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Introducing PollTracker Mobile 2016

We just announced this morning on Morning Joe that today we're introducing the 2016 version of PollTracker mobile. This year it's available on both iOS and Android. And of course it's free.

As you may know, TPM runs PollTracker, the most accurate poll aggregator in the business (yep, check out the 2012 final results). There are other poll aggregators out there. But PollTracker is the only one with a mobile app that sends you live notifications every time a new poll is released in a contest you're following. Maybe you shouldn't be so addicted to politics and polls that you can't wait to find out in the evening or when you're back from lunch or tomorrow morning which new polls came out. But if you're a politics junkie it's not soon enough. You need to know now. That's the magic of PollTracker. Do you absolutely need to know when there's a new poll out of the Ohio Senate race? New Hampshire? Trump v Clinton in Florida. Download PollTracker Mobile, 'follow' the races you're most interested in and you'll get a notification on your smartphone every time a new poll is released.

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Trump Now Hitting Up Iceland MPs for Cash

Today TPM's Caitlin MacNeal brought us the news that Donald Trump and his scion Donald Trump Jr have been bombarding members of the UK House of Commons with fundraising email spam asking for contributions to his political campaign. He even offers to match their illegal foreign contributions dollar for dollar from his own fortune up to two million dollars.

Accepting contributions from foreign nationals is illegal of course though in this case it seems more a matter of incompetence than criminal intent, as though Trump has bought his email list not for a party list vendor but maybe from a Nigerian email scammer. In any case, it's not just the UK. It turns out some or perhaps all members of the Icelandic parliament have also receiving fundraising emails from the Trump campaign asking for money.

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