October 30th, 2008, 02:11 PM #1
Obama Accepting Untraceable DonationsSen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor's identity, campaign officials confirmed.
Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.
The Obama organization said its extensive review has ensured that the campaign has refunded any improper contributions, and noted that Federal Election Commission rules do not require front-end screening of donations.
In recent weeks, questionable contributions have created headaches for Obama's accounting team as it has tried to explain why campaign finance filings have included itemized donations from individuals using fake names, such as Es Esh or Doodad Pro. Those revelations prompted conservative bloggers to further test Obama's finance vetting by giving money using the kind of prepaid cards that can be bought at a drugstore and cannot be traced to a donor.
The problem with such cards, campaign finance lawyers said, is that they make it impossible to tell whether foreign nationals, donors who have exceeded the limits, government contractors or others who are barred from giving to a federal campaign are making contributions.
The Obama team's disclosures came in response to questions from The Washington Post about the case of Mary T. Biskup, a retired insurance manager from Manchester, Mo., who turned up on Obama's FEC reports as having donated $174,800 to the campaign. Contributors are limited to giving $2,300 for the general election.
Biskup, who had scores of Obama contributions attributed to her, said in an interview that she never donated to the candidate. "That's an error," she said. Moreover, she added, her credit card was never billed for the donations, meaning someone appropriated her name and made the contributions with another card.
When asked whether the campaign takes steps to verify whether a donor's name matches the name on the credit card used to make a payment, Obama's campaign replied in an e-mail: "Name-matching is not a standard check conducted or made available in the credit card processing industry. We believe Visa and MasterCard do not even have the ability to do this.
Contributions from prepaid credit cards allows an easy avenue for abusing the system. There is no way to determine the origination of the money used to purchase the card. Contributions should be verified on the front end, not on the back end.
October 30th, 2008, 02:17 PM #2
The implication is that the Obama Campaign is doing something improper. If so, what? If a donor wants to use a prepaid credit card, how is the campaign supposed to tell the difference between that card and a standard card?Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
October 30th, 2008, 02:30 PM #3
Do you read the whole articles?
Sen. John McCain's campaign has also had questionable donations slip through.
Dan Pfeiffer, Obama's communication's director, said that "no organization can fully insulate itself from these problems. The McCain campaign has accepted contributions from fraudulent contributors like 'A for You,' 'Adorable Manabat,' 'The Gun Shop,' and 'Jesus II' and hundreds of anonymous donors."
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October 30th, 2008, 04:30 PM #8
Republicans are looking for untraceable candidates. Stevens in Alaska is toooooooo obvious.
Has McCain solicited anymore Russian diplomat donations??????
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October 30th, 2008, 10:37 PM #9
Wall st. CEO's are screwing the hell out of us to the tune of BILLIONS ????? Have you audited either candidate lately to show the probable amount of these illegal contributions. It'll be over Tuesday, chill out with a Bud Lite. That should put a few more bucks in McBush's war chest.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOtab0BKOGY
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