Noncitizen Campaign Workers
Over at the excellent polls/politics site FiveThirtyEight, Sean Quinn describes an Obama volunteer working doors in Virginia:
Back in Charlottesville, we encountered Alex Englehard, a German from Heidelberg pursuing his legal degree and on break after his fifth-year exams. Englehard, a dedicated full-time Obama volunteer, said many Americans “don’t realize how big an impact this one election has on the rest of the world.”
He reported getting a few scattered complaints that a foreign citizen would get involved in American elections, but that they all came from people who told him they were supporting McCain. Nobody brought it up the day we tagged along.
There’s no law against noncitizens working for political campaigns, and that presents a channel for noncitizen influence even though they lack the franchise. This example is unusual; he’s not even a resident. I wonder how many foreigners are working for campaigns this year.