Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Where Is The Obama Money Coming From?

I haven't seen campaign donations as suspicious as this since the days of VP Al Gore trolling in Buddhist temples for the dough - and coming away with thousands from vowed-to-poverty monks & nuns.

How suspicious?
In a letter dated June 25, 2008, the FEC asked the Obama campaign to verify a series of $25 donations from a contributor identified as “Will, Good” from Austin, Texas.

Mr. Good Will listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You.”

A Newsmax analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25.

In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375.

Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950 -- still well over the $4,600 limit.

There can be no doubt that the Obama campaign noticed these contributions, since Obama’s Sept. 20 report specified that Good Will’s cumulative contributions since the beginning of the campaign were $9,375.
Go, read the rest of the article - if it doesn't make you go "Huh?", NOTHING that is raised about the Obama campaign will cause you to resume your normal critical facilities.

More troubling are the foreign contributions:
Until recently, the Obama Web site allowed a contributor to select the country where he resided from the entire membership of the United Nations, including such friendly places as North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Unlike McCain’s or Sen. Hillary Clinton’s online donation pages, the Obama site did not ask for proof of citizenship until just recently. Clinton’s presidential campaign required U.S. citizens living abroad to actually fax a copy of their passport before a donation would be accepted.

With such lax vetting of foreign contributions, the Obama campaign may have indirectly contributed to questionable fundraising by foreigners.
Why is that type of contribution "questionable"?
U.S. federal law bans any foreigner from donating to a U.S. election campaign.

The rise of the Internet and use of credit cards have made it easier for foreign nationals to donate to American campaigns, especially if they claim their donation is less than $200.
It doesn't just raise eyebrows to have foreigners throw money at presidential (and other) candidates, it's ILLEGAL.

So, might I assume that the Obama campaign, when notified of the problems, says "Dearie me, I had no idea! Of course, I'll cut a refund check, right now!"

I may assume, but you remember that action makes an ASS out of U & ME.
the FEC had asked for the redesignation or refund of 53,828 donations, totaling just under $30 million.

But none involves the donors who never appear in the Obama campaign reports, which the CRP estimates at nearly half the $426.8 million the Obama campaign has raised to date.

Why can't such a popular guy just raise the money LEGALLY?

Don't ask such a silly question.

I mean it - don't ask. Come November, it'll be illegal.

2 comments:

Morbius said...

Follow the money......

Works every time.

Seems you're the only one asking.

Now there's 2.

Morbius said...

Oh MY God!

Linda, you've got to see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW9b0xr06qA