Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Good Will Hunting....Who Is Really Paying for Obama's Campaign?

For almost two years, Barack Obama and his campaign have "claimed" that most of their donors are small private donors making a $200 donation or less. That appears to be less and less true with each passing FEC release. Unfortunately, most of this information will not make it on to the Main Stream Media.

According to a Newsmax article, it appears that Obama supporters are taking the ACORN approach with his financial donations as well. The FEC is questioning the Obama campaign on some smaller donations that it has received. You can read the entire Newsmax article, but here is a snippet:

In a letter dated June 25, 2008, the FEC asked the Obama campaign to verify a series of $25 donations from a contributor identified as “Will, Good” from Austin, Texas. Mr. Good Will listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You.”

A Newsmax analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25.
In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375. Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign
records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950 — still well over the $4,600 limit

The FEC is also looking into discrepancies from another donor:

Similarly, a donor identified as “Pro, Doodad,” from “Nando, NY,” gave $19,500 in 786 separate
donations, most of them for $25. For most of these donations, Mr. Doodad Pro listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You,” just as Good Will had done. But in some of them, he didn’t even go this far, apparently picking letters at random to fill in the blanks on the credit card donation form. In these cases, he said he was employed by “VCX” and that his profession was “VCVC.”

Following FEC requests, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro in February 2008. In all, about $8,425 was charged back to a credit card. But that still left a net total
of $11,165 as of Sept. 20, way over the individual limit of $4,600.
With both of these donors using the same information and claiming to be from different parts of the country, it appears to be a concerted effort to give the appearance of small donors when in fact there may be larger donors involved. Was this a strategy of the Obama campaign from the beginning? Was this an orchestrated effort to make it appear that Obama had the support of average Americans?

The article goes on to question $33.8 million in donations from overseas. Americans overseas are permitted to donate to a campaign, but it is illegal for foreigners to donate to campaigns. Unlike Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Barack Obama did not require proof of citizenship from donors overseas.

Does any of this surprise you? Probably not, but the fact that he gets away with this stuff is frightening.

UPDATE:  An FEC auditor is asking the FBI/DOJ to investigate over $200 million in questionable donations to the Obama campaign.  Read the full article here.  The FBI/DOJ is hesitant to do so a month before the election.  GO FIGURE.....if this was John McCain someone would be all over it already.


Anonymous said...

Pretty pathetic article. Campaigns report the info they are given. All campaigns, from all parties, get these kinds of donations, which, at a few thousand (or tens of thousands for presidential) dollars are small change

Anonymous said...

Really...the fact that an FEC auditor is questioning an amount around $200 million doesn't concern you at all. At this point, I think Obama could accept donations from just about anyone and Anonymous above would think that was just fine. Get a clue.

custerbuff said...

WOW !!!!
Chicago politics on a global scale.
CHANGE$$$$ we can believe

Brian said...

I love it. "Pretty pathetic article". The only pathetic part of it is that it is true and that the majority of America will not find out about it. This is due to the evident bias in the media and politics. Pretty pathetic post, and pathetic person who left the post, from my perspective.

Anonymous said...

Always have wondered about foreign donations which are illegal .

Anonymous said...

I have a list of at least 10 dead people that I will be voting for this year. Go Obama

Anonymous said...

that's ok, my 15 dead people will trump your 10, go McCain!

Braden said...

Of course the investigation cup would runneth over if this were McCain.

However, this applies to Obama, so.....

When you're a Democrat, it's different.

Any questions?

Anonymous said...

I think Obama's campaign's response to this was something akin to: "bring it on!"

Isn't the campaign being charged with similar issues? Oh that's right, they already got caught....

This was a pretty pathetic attempt by the McCain organization imho. Personally, I think most people are sick to death of McCain/Palin's constant attacks, but I guess if that is all you have....

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that last comment should be:
Didn't McCain's campaign get caught on this already? The answer would be yes. Next!

Stacy said...

Neither campaign can control the initial donations that come in especially from the web. That is not the point. The point is that they have not been returning the amount of money that they should have. Yes. this happened in McCain's camp too, but as my last commentor pointed out...IT WAS RETURNED. The other issue is whether Obama's campaign is looking the other way when it comes to foreign donations. McCain camp has returned the money from those who did not prove they were citizens. No one know what Obama had done because he will not release the names of those donating under $300.

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