Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mainstream Media Ignores Blatant Campaign Finance Violations By Obama Campaign

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is raising more money than any other candidate in the history of American politics. His campaign likes you to believe it's a lot of little people making spontaneous, small contributions over the Internet which has made his fundraising so successful. Those who have bothered to study his campaign financial reports publicly available on the FEC's website, however, find some very troubling signs. Illegal contributions from foreigners, incomplete information and contributions in excess of federal limits are just a few of the glaring problems uncovered in his campaign finance reports. Pamela Geller has been relentless in her questioning of the reports. She's not happy with what she sees:

I have been researching, documenting and studying thousands upon thousands of Obama's campaign donations for the past month. Egregious abuse was immediately evident and I published the results of my ongoing investigation. Each subsequent post built a more damning case against Obama's illegal contribution activity.

The media took little notice of what I was substantiating. I went so far as to upload the documents so that anyone could do their own research. I asked readers to download the documents and a number of folks pitched in.

Despite dropping the groundbreaking bombshell story of "Palestinian" brothers from the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza who donated $33,000 to Obama's campaign, no big media picked up the story. Jihadis donating to Obama from Gaza? Could there be a bigger story? Foreign donations are illegal, but this story was all that and so much more. The "Palestinian" brothers were proud and vocal of their "love" for Obama. Their vocal support on behalf of "Palestinians" spoke volumes to Obama's campaign.

And yet still no media.

Geller's research has uncovered a significant number of foreign contributors to Obama's campaign. The pattern is obvious. Small donations are being made periodically over a period of time, which in the aggregate, often exceed federal campaign contribution limits. "We found Rebecca Kurth contributed $3,137.38 to the Obama Campaign in 112 donations, including 34 separate donations recorded in one day," Geller writes. In other cases, people are making donations under names like "Hbkjb, jkbkj". In one case, a donor called "Doodad" contributed more than $10,000 to the campaign. Doodad claims to work for "FDGFDGF" and his occupation is " DFGFDG." Can you imagine someone at Obama's campaign headquarters reviewing these donations and not asking questions? Or perhaps they just don't care where the money is coming from as long as it is flowing into the campaign. Geller's reporting notes that McCain's online contribution system simply won't allow people who fail to provide basic information to make a contribution. On Obama's site, anything goes, including charging a donation to a Macy's credit card!

While the mainstream media ignores the blatant problems with Obama's reports, they are scrutinizing McCain's with a fine-tooth comb. The Washington Post was so eager to nail McCain it made a huge mistake it later had to correct. In a place less prominent than the front page story, the Post ran this correction:

An earlier version of this story about campaign donations that Florida businessman Harry Sargeant III raised for Sen. John McCain, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton incorrectly identified three individuals as being among the donors Sargeant solicited on behalf of McCain. Those donors -- Rite Aid manager Ibrahim Marabeh, and lounge owners Nadia and Shawn Abdalla -- wrote checks to Giuliani and Clinton, not McCain. Also, the first name of Faisal Abdullah, a McCain donor, was misspelled in some versions of the story.

And the Post was all worked up over about $50,000 in contributions to McCain? Meanwhile, Obama systematically turns our campaign finance laws on their head and goes unscathed. This should come as a surprise to no one. Obama is just acting the way Chicago Democratic politicians always behave. They will cheat and steal and cheat and steal and cheat and steal until finally someone steps forward and holds them to account, typically a federal prosecutor like Patrick Fitgerald who is beholden to none of Obama's masters. Let's see, Tony Rezko's sentencing is coming up right after Labor Day. Maybe he will spill the beans on Obama and put him behind bars with all the other corrupt Chicago pols Fitgerald has locked up in recent years. If there is any justice in this world, it will happen.


7th CD guy said...

AI.. did you expect the MSM to do a negative story on a democRAT? Look at all the lies they covered up for your former Mayor Peterson.
The media is too chicken to say anything negative about a democRAT because they are afraid of being called racist, homophobic, war-mongers, or honest.
"When reporting news, you don't need facts. Facs just get in the way"
{from the old Amos and Andy radio show}

Anonymous said...

For the record, the McCain camp has some of the same FEC problems. Like the McCain camp, Obama returns money when stuff like this is discovered. I don't think its uncommon, and when reviewing the same type of records you rely on, I have seen overpayments, etc. returned by both campaigns once its discovered. This seems like a lot of hype over nothing. Regardless of what you report, I don't believe the latter part of the story. Again, if it were true, why is this not a GOP talking point?

Douglass said...

Obama has also received substantial funds from Hatem El-Hady, whose Islamic “charity” was shut down by the U.S. government for funding Middle Eastern terrorists.

The Rothschilds (richest banking family in the world) hosted a fund raiser for McCain in London, violating of FEC regulations forbidding contributions from abroad.

Gary R. Welsh said...

"Republican presidential hopeful John McCain won a round against Democrats on Thursday when the Federal Election Commission rejected their contention that he violated campaign finance laws during the GOP primary.

The FEC's draft opinion affirms McCain's right to bypass the public financing system and the strict spending limits that come with it. That was a rejection of the Democratic National Committee's complaint asserting that McCain's campaign had wrongly received loans based on his participation in public financing before later withdrawing from that system."