Saturday, October 25, 2008

MSM Tanking for Obama--Part 1,078,432, Illegal Campaign Contributions

Obama's campaign finance scandal gets bigger every day, but you won't notice it if you live on MSM coverage.

At least National Journal made an attempt.

...The Obama campaign’s Web site accepted the $25 donation, but the McCain campaign’s Web site rejected it.

Rebecca Donatelli, president of Campaigns Solutions of Alexandria, Va., which processes donations for John McCain, said her system rejected the donation because American Express could not verify that the donor lived at the address given with the online contribution...

(Quoted by Morrissey)

As Ace points out, Obama's campaign has deliberately and knowingly DISABLED the credit-card verification routines. That's why they can get contributions from A. Hitler, O. BinLaden, Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, (etc.).

Disabling verification allows that.

MORE:

"It’s fairly clear that the Obama campaign has allowed certain donations to stand for certain periods of time that are dubious,” said Stephen Weissman, policy director at the nonpartisan D.C.-based Campaign Finance Institute

(Morrissey, again)

Here's the damning part:

The wider disconnect here, if I’m reading the piece correctly, is that the FEC uses donors’ names to police campaign contribution limits when in fact it’s the names that are the most easily faked aspect of donating online.

The FEC will not be able to police the illegal activity, now or ever. Obama's campaign says that "they will catch up" with fake-name contributions--but the Obama campaign is DELETING CREDIT-CARD NUMBERS--which is the only method FEC might have to run audits.

Look: if you register as Mickey Mouse and use Amex 1234-5678-9012, giving a fake address, then as Minnie Mouse using Amex 1234-5678-9012, giving another fake address, the only audit-trail is the credit-card number.

So Obama's campaign deletes the credit card number from its records!

"The campaign does not store credit card information for verification purposes because it can subject individual accounts to being compromised," Shapiro said in an e-mail. "We track contribution history by an individual's name, address, and other information provided," he said. The McCain campaign did not say whether it stores credit card numbers.

Yes, the laws were written by Congress, which would rather not have a strong FEC. And yes, there are 'gray areas.'

But a credible and painstakingly thorough reporter--Ken Timmerman--speculates that the O campaign could have taken as much as $63 million from non-citizens. Even if it's only HALF that, it's a lot of illegal money.

But who cares? The Messiah is near! The Selected One, favored by NBCCBSCNNABCAP.

And they wonder why nobody buys their "product."

HT: Ace

2 comments:

Dan said...

The MSM is a dinosauer and it will be soon be out of existence, for the most part. The newspapers and newsrooms are laying off people left and right. Their profits are way down and probably losing money. The internet and talk radio are going to be far more popular and profitable than the MSM.

Amy said...

Dan:

They're going to kill talk radio, and conservative blogs. So no go.