The campaign team of Hillary Clinton, the U.S. presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, will come to Taiwan to raise funds in September for her campaign activities, according to her official website.
The fundraiser will take place in Taipei on Sept. 7. But only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are allowed to attend, and participants will be asked to provide documentation of their U.S. passport or green card, the information on the website said.
This is because the U.S. Federal Election Campaign Act “prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly.”
The Taipei event will feature a discussion with Melanne Verveer, a close aide of the former first lady. She served as ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State from 2009-2013, when Clinton was U.S. secretary of state.
From 1997-2000, Verveer was chief of staff to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. She is currently executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
Those who will co-host the Taipei event will include Wenchi Yu, who was born in Taiwan. She was appointed an official at the U.S. State Department responsible for women’s issues in East Asia when Clinton served as secretary of state.
Yu, who obtained a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago, had also worked as an assistant of Taiwan’s lawmaker Hsiao Bi-khim (???). Hsiao is from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party and is close friends with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (???).
Participants to the discussion will have to pay at least US$100 to get a ticket. Those who donate US$1,500 will also be able to join a private dinner after the reception, while the ticket of US$2,700 will include the private dinner and an invitation to join the Asia-Pacific Host Committee which is putting together the Taipei event.
Other details of the event, such as the topic of the main discussion, are not yet known.
The U.S. presidential election will take place on Nov. 8.
Source: Focus Taiwan