The New York Post today is running an article detailing the Obama campaign's acceptance of foreign donations.
A British citizen living outside London was able to make two donations of $5 to the Obama campaign, despite listing his British street address, his state as Arkansas, and a zip code in New York. The Obama campaign did not make any effort to verify his credit card by asking for the three-digit CVV code, nor did it make any effort to verify the donor's nationality.
Similar attempts to donate to the Romney campaign were rejected. The Romney campaign's website requires CVV codes, and it rejects any donations whose zip codes do not match the zip code associated with the card.
The Obama campaign has raised tens of millions of dollars from donations lacking zip codes or with incomplete zip codes. Obama has relied heavily on donations in amounts under $50, for which the campaign is not required to track names. For donations under $200, the campaign is not required to disclose donor identities on FEC filing reports.
As long as a person used separate credit cards, one person could conceivably make unlimited donations of less than $50 each without the Obama campaign ever flagging that this money was coming from the same source or reporting it to the FEC.
Townhall.com reported on this problem with the Obama campaign's fundraising earlier in October. A Florida-based watchdog group, the Government Accountability Institute, released a report earlier this month describing the major loopholes in campaign finance laws that the Obama campaign may be exploiting.
With the New York Post's revelation, it is now confirmed that the Obama campaign is in violation of campaign finance laws and that the Obama team is doing nothing to weed out foreign online donations in small amounts. The campaign even seems to be encouraging such donations by sending follow-up e-mails to the British citizen, asking him to donate up to just less than the $200 limit, at which point the donor would have to be revealed publicly.
This news updates the previous Liveleak post on this growing scandal.
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