FACT CHECK: Is The Nigerian Government Donating $600 Million To Joe Biden’s Campaign?
A post shared on Facebook claims the Nigerian government is donating $600 million to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign.
There is no evidence that the Nigerian government has donated money to the Biden campaign. Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules prohibit U.S. political candidates from accepting donations from foreign nationals and governments.
The lengthy post alleges the Nigerian government will donate to Biden as “pay back” to President Donald Trump for purportedly supporting the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a Nigerian separatist group. The post is credited to “online reporters.”
“The nigeria minister of information and culture has stated that the presidency will support Democratic candidate Joe Biden with $600m as a pay back to Trump who supported terrorists in Nigeria,” the post reads, in part. It goes on to state, “We are going to show Donald Trump that nigeria is a country he can’t mess up with unlike how he did to Iran.”
But there’s no indication that Lai Mohammed, the country’s minister of information and culture, made any statement about the government giving money to or endorsing Biden. Had a U.S. presidential candidate received such a large donation from a foreign country, it would have almost assuredly made headlines, yet no credible news reports appear to exist.
The Daily Caller News Foundation also searched the ministry’s website but found no instances of Mohammed making such a declaration. Nor was Mohammed’s name found on the list of donors to Biden’s campaign kept by the FEC. Even if Mohammed or the Nigerian government wanted to donate to Biden’s campaign, such a move would be illegal, according to the FEC. (RELATED: Has Nigeria Received Coronavirus Vaccines From China?)
“Campaigns may not solicit or accept contributions from foreign nationals,” the FEC website reads. “Federal law prohibits contributions, donations, expenditures and disbursements solicited, directed, received or made directly or indirectly by or from foreign nationals in connection with any election — federal, state or local.”
The FEC website also states that “foreign governments, political parties, partnerships, associations and corporations” are barred from contributing to U.S. campaigns.
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