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Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations

 
 
Woiyo9
 
Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 06:37 am
Perfectly in line with Obama's elitist personality. He follows his own rules.

Sen. 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.

"They have opened the floodgates to all this money coming in," said Sean Cairncross, chief counsel to the Republican National Committee. "I think they've made the determination that whatever money they have to refund on the back end doesn't outweigh the benefit of taking all this money upfront."

The Obama campaign has shattered presidential fundraising records, in part by capitalizing on the ease of online giving. Of the $150 million the senator from Illinois raised in September, nearly $100 million came in over the Internet.

Lawyers for the Obama operation said yesterday that their "extensive back-end review" has carefully scrubbed contributions to prevent illegal money from entering the operation's war chest. "I'm pretty sure if I took my error rate and matched it against any other campaign or comparable nonprofit, you'd find we're doing very well," said Robert Bauer, a lawyer for the campaign. "I have not seen the McCain compliance staff ascending to heaven on a cloud."

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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102803413_pf.html
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 06:39 am
@Woiyo9,
Well, you do know he's a muslim, don't you?
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engineer
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 06:43 am
@Woiyo9,
Woiyo9 wrote:

Perfectly in line with Obama's elitist personality. He follows his own rules.

It sounds like the Obama team is following the Federal Election Commission rules. If you suddenly think these rules aren't right, don't you think you should take it up with them instead of complaining in the bottom of the ninth?
Woiyo9
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 06:46 am
@engineer,
Maybe you did not read this part.

"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."

Apparently Obama is VIOLATING FEC Rules by accepting donations in excess 2,300.

I know, rules are not important as long as Obama is concerned.
engineer
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 06:56 am
@Woiyo9,
Woiyo9 wrote:

"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."

Apparently Obama is VIOLATING FEC Rules by accepting donations in excess 2,300.

I know, rules are not important as long as Obama is concerned.

Apparently Obama's team is weeding these types of contributions out, reporting on them themselves and returning improper donations. Why do you have a problem with this? If McCain announced he was returning donations received improperly, you would applaud his honestly, right?
Woiyo9
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 07:02 am
@engineer,
Of course. We can trust them to hold on to the excess donations for a few days, weeks, months, then return the excess IF that happen to catch it.

Sure, I can trust ANY politician even OBAMA to be truthful when money is the subject. Rolling Eyes

Are you serious? You actually would trust a politician and their staff?
parados
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 07:04 am
@Woiyo9,
You should check your facts before you start posting this crap Woiyo.
Quote:
The FEC sent a letter to Sen. John McCain's campaign treasurer Sept. 30 demanding the candidate turn over more information about "contributions that appear to exceed the limits."

The letter is accompanied by a nine-page list showing scores of overages from McCain's August campaign finance report, including nearly $13,000 from Texas rancher Ray R. Barrett Jr.; $9,200 from an Iraqi security consultant, H. Carter Andress; and $5,000 from Joseph F. Davolio, an executive at a major national liquor, beer and wine distributor.

"Please inform the Commission of your corrective action immediately in writing and provide photocopies of any refund checks and/or letters reattributing or redesignating the contributions in question," the letter from the FEC's senior campaign finance analyst, Leah S. Palmer, says. "The acceptance of excessive contributions is a serious problem."
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 07:04 am
@Woiyo9,
Woiyo9 wrote:

Of course. We can trust them to hold on to the excess donations for a few days, weeks, months, then return the excess IF that happen to catch it.

Sure, I can trust ANY politician even OBAMA to be truthful when money is the subject. Rolling Eyes

Are you serious? You actually would trust a politician and their staff?


You actually trust McCain and his staff?
Woiyo9
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 07:08 am
@parados,
You still have a problem with the english language?

Let try again.

Sure, I can trust ANY politician even OBAMA to be truthful when money is the subject. Rolling Eyes

Are you serious? You actually would trust a politician and their staff?

The last person I would trust is ANY politician with money. How about you? You trust Obama and his staff to be honest in this matter?
engineer
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 08:20 am
@Woiyo9,
OK, so if you feel that all politicians are on the same footing here, why are you posting all this about Obama?
Woiyo9
 
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Reply Wed 29 Oct, 2008 09:12 am
@engineer,
Because this article exposes another Obama lie.

When I find one about McCain, I will post that also.
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