Skip to comments.Report: Obama Campaign Soliciting Foreign Donations (Again)
Posted on 10/08/2012 9:03:20 AM PDT by jazusamo
The Government Accountability Institute released a blockbuster study today on the issue of foreign donations in American politics, and in particular, the Obama campaign. The study determined three key findings:
The branded site, Obama.com, was created in Shanghai, China, by an Obama bundler, but its present registration information is hidden.
If this story seems like a re-run, thats because the Obama campaign also disabled the credit card verification system for online donations four years ago .
The Obama campaign had also disabled the credit card verification system this year, and was caught accepting donations from Aunt Zeituni, Adolph Hitler (occupation: dictator) and Nidal Hasan. Osama binladen also donated back in April 2012.
To understand how this happens, click on the link to our post from April 2012 . Its standard operating practice for online donation pages to include the CVV field, which a donor would use to fill in the code on the back of their credit card for security verification. As we demonstrated in that post, the Romney campaigns donation page included the CVV field, but Obamas did not.
That doesnt happen by accident. Having run an online donation page for a political party, Ive been on the inside of this question. Its industry standard to include the CVV field; someone typically has to disable that field intentionally. Disabling the CVV field opens the donation page up to accepting money from foreign sources and from identity thieves who may have stolen credit card information from unsuspecting innocent parties.
Interestingly, according to the GAIs study, the Obama campaigns online store requires the CVV for purchasing campaign swag.
Accepting foreign donations is illegal. Its also against federal law to solicit foreign donations. Obama himself has decried the possibility of foreign money working its way into U.S. elections. In 2010, he said that American elections should not be bankrolled by foreign entities . Obama senior adviser David Axelrod even accused the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of accepting foreign donations, and when pressed for evidence, insisted that the burden of proof was on the Chamber, not the Obama campaign. Axelrod presumably would not accept that the burden of proof regarding his campaigns evident acceptance of foreign donations is now on the campaign.
Powerline , Dan Riehl,Daily Caller,Katie Pavlich,National Review, andHot Air all have more on this story. The Obama campaign says it raised a staggering $181 million in September. But federal law doesnt require disclosure on donations less than $200, and guess what: Most of Obamas donations stayed below that mark. This means the campaign doesnt have to disclose where those small donations are coming from, or who is behind them. Americans have no reason to be confident that the president of the United States re-election effort is being driven by Americans donating to it.
Were on our third iteration of this foreign donation scandal for Barack Obama. Its about to break into the top five scandals that should sink this president .
Is there a downside to making this illegal? Should a foreign entity really have a say in a sovereign countries elections?
Money Badger don't care.
FEC should freeze the accounts for say about 90 days while they investigate. I know it's just a dream, but I sincerely hope it results in serious criminal action against Obama and his criminal network.
There was an article on Drudge about this donation scandal the day after the debates, blaming the fact that Obama had just learned of an investigation into the use of untraceable pre-paid credit cards for donations, hours before the debate and that he was distracted.
Good one, and very appropriate.
We all knew this, didn’t we?
Jihad donors, and China donors too.
Looks like he has many back door ties to China.
How do you hire a hacker?
May someone “re-direct” these funds to anti-abortion groups.
This will be headline news on ABS, CBS, PBS, MSNBS just like Fast and Furious. Any minute now...
The lack of a CVV2 field on the Obama for America website is very suspicious. CVV2 is the 3-digit or 4-digit number on the bank of your credit card that you enter for a card-not-present purchase (e.g,, Internet or telephone). CVV2 is required by PCI regulations for all card-not-present transactions to prevent fraud. Failure to submit the CVV2 for a CNP authorization results in the merchant bank laying out huge non-compliance fees.
If a card taker (merchant) doesnÎÎt enforce AVS or CVV2 the credit card transaction is called ‘non-compliant’. Non-complaint transactions typically have a much higher discount rate than compliant transactions. A typical discount rate for compliant transactions is around 2.4-2.9%. If the card is from overseas it is called ‘international non-compliant’ and it goes even higher; the discount rate can shoot up to 7-10% per transaction.
An intrepid reporter could ask whether Obama’s merchant bank is actually assessing those penalties, or if there is a special agreement in to waive the penalties and if that constitutes an illegal payment-in-kind to the Obama campaign.
We’re talking tens of millions of dollars. It would make the Clinton-era China scandals look like stealing lunch money.
The key to uncovering this scandal is finding the identity of the bank. Îve been searching high and low since the whole AVS thing broke in 2008 and nobody seems to know.
And if it turns out that the mystery bank is actually in Shanghai or China..
Go see a shrink to help you get over your John G=Boehner hatred