updated 2:11 PM CET, Oct 31, 2023

American expats in Mexico City to be wooed for donations by DNC: Bloomberg

The Democratic National Committee is looking to "raise money from Americans in Mexico City" next month, according to a Bloomberg report, which noted that Mexico is home to more American expats than any other country.

"About 1.5 million American citizens call Mexico home, according to the State Department," the Bloomberg report adds, before going on to say that 1.5 million is "also [more] than the total populations of about one fifth of U.S. states, including New Hampshire and Montana."

The Bloomberg article  doesn't say that the DNC is targeting American expats because such expats might be known to be particularly unhappy with the Trump administration, which added to the American diaspora's existing tax and citizenship woes with its introduction of new and retroactive taxes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

However, as this website has often reported, expat groups from both the Democratic and Republican parties often discuss the urgent need for Congress to address expat issues, including what many say is a needed change to a residence-based tax regime. Many of the problems American expats struggle with, including the need to file tax returns every year and potentially pay taxes to the U.S. government, could largely be eliminated by such a change, which would also see the U.S. join the rest of the world, apart from Eritrea, in taxing on the basis of residency.

In its report, which was published on Aug. 20, Bloomberg said the DNC's three planned fund-raising events in Mexico City would take place on Sept. 28, and would range from happy hour drinks with a US$25 minimum student entry to a dinnerwhere tickets range from US$1,000 to US$15,000.

Only American citizens or residents would be permitted to attend, the Bloomberg article added, which it noted is being enforced by a registration form on the DNC's website that requires would-be attendees to supply their passport or green card numbers. 

This is to ensure laws making it illegal for foreigners to contribute to American political campaigns aren't broken.

President Trump has long been a vocal critic of Mexico for "sending" criminals and other undesireables over the long Mexico/U.S. border, and demanded that Mexico pay for a border wall. 

Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee's chairman, will preside over the Mexico City fund-raising event, according to Bloomberg. Perez  "also spoke at an event in London in April 2018," the report noted.