Skip to comments.Shanghai Calling (China-based donor to pro-Obama Super PAC has Cayman Islands connections)
Posted on 10/08/2012 12:23:13 PM PDT by parisa
A top Obama campaign bundler living in Shanghai, China, is an international businessman with ties to the Cayman Islands.
Robert W. Roche has lived in China and Japan for the past 27 years, although he maintains a residence in Chicago. He has used his extensive connections to raise money for the Obama campaign, and has pledged to raise $500,000 for the Obama campaign this year, an upgrade from the $100,000-200,000 he agreed to raise four years ago. He donated the maximum $50,000 allowable to Obamas inauguration fund in 2009.
Roches wife, Ritsuko Hattori-Roche, along with Roches business partner Don Yang, are the sole stockholders of Bireme Limited, a Cayman Islands-based company.
The Roches and Yang used their business in the Cayman Islands to orchestrate the purchase in 2011 of a majority of the stocks of Acorn International, a Chinese infomercial company that Yang and Mr. Roche cofounded in 1998. Acorns board objected to the purchase offer, calling it inadequate opportunistic, and coercive, and charged that it would give the Roches and Yang a majority share of the companys stocks, effectively giving them control of the company.
Acorn International has not returned a request for comment.
Ms. Hattori-Roche is also the grantor of Catalonia Holdings LTD, a company in Jersey, an island off the French Coast.
In addition to his bundling pledges and direct donations to the Obama campaign, Roche also donated $100,000 to Obamas Super PAC, Priorities USAincluding a $50,000 donation made shortly after Obama announced his personal approval of the group. Obama initially opposed Super PACs, which allow unlimited donations, but reversed his opposition in February and allowed his campaign to direct donors to Priorities USA.
The Super PAC became the object of intense controversy this summer after it released an advertisement suggesting that Republican nominee Mitt Romney may have been responsible for the death of a steelworkers wife from cancer.
On July 11 of this year, Roche hosted a kick-off fundraiser in Shanghai, China, for the Obama Victory Fund at his hotel in downtown Shanghai, URBN. URBNs website describes it as a boutique hotel set in the heart of Shanghais downtown area.
Roche has not just donated to Obama, however. Mr. Roche contributed $375,809 to Democratic campaigns and committees between 2007 and 2012, including donations to John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Chris Dodd.
The Obama administration has granted Roche extensive access to key administration officials. White House records show that Mr. Roche has visited the White House 24 times during Obamas term, and has held meetings with former chief of staff William Daley and Obama adviser Peter Rouse.
In 2010, Obama appointed Roche to his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Roche is also a co-chair of the technology wing of Obamas campaign, Technology for Obama.
The Obama campaign did not return a call for comment.
Roche grew up in suburban Chicago and graduated from Marist High School, a Catholic high school that in 2011 had an annual tuition of $10,000. He attended Illinois State University, where he majored in economics and Japanese studies.
He has extensive business connections in Asia. He has chaired the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and has served as a governor of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan, as well as a board member of the Shanghai 2010 World Expos USA Pavilion.
In 1991 he founded Oak Lawn Marketing, which concentrates on introducing successful U.S. products to the Japanese market.
Roche has used his profits to set up multiple trusts for his lineal descendants.
Ok, come on folks...... this is just DE-licious.
Overseas Bank Accounts
Liar, Liar Pants on FIRE..... big time.
The jokes just keep coming, except this is sooo NOT funny.
Remember folks - pass this and all other FRAUDulent zippy information on to anyone who hasn’t voted yet. We can do this.
If the media doesn’t report this, it’s for not! The mediaDEMON hordes will do whatever to keep it from the public eye! These SOB’s have sold their souls to SATAN and they aim to keep doing his biting...even if it means ETERNAL damnation for their souls. These folks cursed God to his face and if that didn’t bring them fear nothing will.
China-Based Fundraiser Linked to Illegal Foreign Donations
New GAI study suggests Obama donor funneling foreign funds to Obama campaign
A prominent Democratic donor with ties to the Red Chinese government may be implicated in the Obama campaigns flouting of federal campaign finance law, according to a bombshell investigative report.
The groundbreaking new study, authored by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), highlights the curious case of Obama.com, a website previously, and possibly still, owned by Obama campaign bundler and frequent White House visitor Robert W. Roche.
The websitewhich is not one of the hundreds of different domain names owned by the Obama campaignis examined at length in the report as a major potential gateway for illegal foreign donations to the campaign.
Visitors to the site, more than two-thirds of which are located outside the United States, are redirected to the Obama campaigns main donation page at barackobama.com.
The GAI investigation found numerous links to Obama.com on foreign blog sites and forum boards, links that increase the probability that foreign nationals will try to donate to the Obama campaign. Furthermore, the GAI discovered that search engine optimization (SEO) techniques were employed at some point in order to generate foreign traffic to Obama.com.
Federal election law prohibits campaigns from knowingly accepting or soliciting donations from foreign nationals.
The GAI report cited Obama.coms existence and the unusually lax online security measures on the Obama campaigns donation page as evidence the campaign may be breaking the law. At the very least, these two factors indicated the need for further investigation.
Roche, who has raised nearly $850,000 for Obama since 2007, registered the domain in September 2008. It is unclear if Roche still owns the site, however, as it switched to an anonymous registration in October 2010.
WOW! THIS relates to the Breitbart article earlier this morning. I’ll find the link right now, and post it.
Following Obamas victory in November 2008, Obama.com began redirecting visitors to a page selling inauguration merchandise and soliciting donations for the inauguration celebration. Roche personally donated $50,000, the maximum allowable amount.
He has contributed more than $375,000 to Democratic campaigns and committees since 2007,and at least $100,000 to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA, which notably ran an ad suggesting that Obamas opponent Mitt Romney was responsible for a Missouri womans death from cancer.
At some point in 2012, the webpage began directing visitors to a donation page on the Obama campaigns website.
The campaign website, meanwhile, is able to monitor traffic and donations coming from Obama.com using a unique tracking number.
Here’s that link I posted I’d get. Relates to this article:
Cayman Islands ping
If the media in this country actually did their JOBS Obama would only have about 20 percent support. The media sold their souls to the devil a long time ago, ANYTHING to get this schmuck elected and re-elected. If Fox News reports on this it will get out to enough people because more people watch Fox News than the other networks combined..and Paul Ryan and Romney can mention this at the next debate, I want to see how Biden reacts to this one
Cayman Islands ping
These people should be hanging from the end of a rope. Just after they have been dragged through the streets being tarred and feathered.
I saw that thread also. Surprised (unethical?) the author doesn’t cite Breitbart (broke the story) or GAI, the originator of the report.
That’s right. Very curious.