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by Sharon Rondeau

Is the Obama campaign or a surrogate accepting foreign donations in violation of federal election laws?

(Oct. 8, 2012) — Following breaking news from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) that the Obama campaign is not vetting donors by requiring the CVV code from the back of the credit card through the website Obama.com, The Post & Email contacted the local office of the Secret Service.

Although it was 10:15 p.m. EDT, there was a means by which to leave a voice mail with the local Secret Service Field Office, which we did, explaining the findings of Peter Schweizer and Stephen K. Bannon.

Bannon and Schweizer reported that the Romney campaign has enacted a requirement for the credit card donor’s CVV code.  However, they report that Romney would not disclose the names of his bundlers, or fundraisers, and have investigated and published the names of 34 of them through The Daily Beast.

We then called the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and reached a live person at the after-hours number for media inquiries.  The person answered the call with “Hello,” perhaps due to the time of night.  After we described the news broken today by the Government Accountability Institute claiming that the Obama campaign is potentially soliciting donors and receiving donations from all over the world in violation of federal election laws, we asked the representative which actions, if any, the FEC would be taking.  The response was “No comment.”

We asked if the person could direct us to contact any other agency about the potential for credit card fraud and foreign donations to the Obama campaign, and the woman said, “Well, no, not at this time of night.”  She said if we were to call back in the morning, someone “might direct us to rules and regulations,” but that other than that, they had “no comment.”

In 2008, it was suspected that the Obama campaign took in a large amount of cash from foreigners.  Obama himself is suspected of being a foreigner, and his long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form have been deemed forgeries by a law enforcement investigation.

On Fox News’s “Hannity” show at 10:00 p.m. EDT, Schweizer and Bannon stated that Obama.com is owned by a private individual living in China and has been redirecting visitors to a donation page which does not verify the person’s credit card information.  They also asserted that the Obama campaign is “soliciting” donations in the amount of $190, just under the $200 amount which requires verification of the donor.  Obama.com at first appears to be a campaign website but solicits donations on its main page rather than disseminating information about Obama and Biden, both of whose names appear at the top and bottom of the site with the round Obama logo in between.  The two investigators told Fox & Friends on Monday morning that the Obama campaign is receiving “43% international traffic” with the purpose of soliciting donations.

At the bottom of Obama.com, the following appears:

Clicking the “Terms of Service” at the bottom of the page brings the reader to political positions, videos and statements from the Obama campaign.

Obama is quoted in the GAI report as having said in 2010, “I don’t think elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities.”

The GAI found that 47.3% of members of Congress do not use the CVV code to verify donations.

Schweizer and Bannon have established a website specifically dealing with online campaign donations featuring coverage of the breaking news today.  Reports of government corruption can also be submitted through the GAI’s home page.

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  1. $650 billion M F Global
    $550 billion Solyndra
    $150 million for Gm Volt Battery Factory
    Where’s the dough? I don’t know, my counsel advised me to take the Fifth Amendment. Where’s the money coming from for that $35 million retirement mansion that is being brokered in Hawaii? We aren’t hearing any of that on our “news media”. Check http://www.wnd.com for the pictures, they really make it look like “crime pays”. Seems to working for them but not the taxpayers and middle class.

  2. The Obama campaign cheated the same way in 2008. AtlasShrugs.com broke the story and reported on it in July and August of 2008. A few other media outlets ran brief stories, failing to credit AtlasShrugs. The FEC did nothing in 2008 and will do nothing in 2012. Obama could be caught naked in bed with a live man and a dead woman and the media would find a way to turn it into an attack on conservatives.

  3. It’s very simple to discover if donations are from overseas, because 99.9% of them will have not only a dollar amount but more likely also CENTS included. That’s because the currency exchange rate kicks in. When I get my monthly check from overseas bank in plain hundreds or thousands, they ALWAYS shows up on my U.S. bank statement with CENTS when converted from foreign currency to US$. You would not send a political donation but in $15.00, $25.00, $50,00, etc. Same as you would do at church donations!!!