Presidential convention snapshots

Foreign officials to Trump: Stop begging

Members of the British Parliament and other foreign politicians want off Donald Trump’s email list, and are seeking to block the presidential candidate from asking them for campaign donations.

“Please stop sending begging letters to MPs,” tweeted Stuart McDonald, a member of the British Parliament. “It’s pathetic.”

A pair of watchdog groups notes that the practice is not just annoying, it’s illegal.

“Donald Trump should have known better,” said Paul S. Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center, which with Democracy 21 is filing a complaint to the Federal Election Commission.

It’s true that federal election law is designed to keep foreign cash out of U.S. political campaigns. It’s also true that Trump is revving up a fundraising operation after federal reports showed he raised about a tenth of what Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised during the most recent reporting period.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Hispanic group to reject presidential candidates

America’s largest Hispanic civil rights group says it will not be inviting any presidential candidate to its national conference next month in Orlando.

In a statement Wednesday, Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza, said the decision was the result of Donald Trump’s “concerted effort to denigrate and demonize” immigrants and the Hispanic community.

Clinton, Obama to hit campaign trail together

President Barack Obama and the woman who wants to succeed him are making their first campaign appearance together next week.

Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who was his secretary of state, are campaigning together Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. That’s a swing state that Obama won in 2008 but lost in 2012. Democrats dearly want to take North Carolina.

Cleveland to spend $9.5M on insurance

A city of Cleveland panel on Wednesday authorized spending nearly $10 million to purchase $50 million in insurance to protect the city against claims during the Republican National Convention after a consultant concluded the city faces a higher risk than previously thought because of terrorism threats and volatility during the Republican presidential primary campaign.

The consultant and insurance brokerage, AON Risk Services, polled 40 insurance companies before recommending the higher coverage amount, a Cleveland official said.

From Detroit News wire services