October 23, 2008

Turns Out It's . . . Easier To Give Money To the Obama Campaign Than to the McCain Campaign.

How odd.


Not a Bombshell: Barack Obama's Campaign Website Encourages Fraudulent Donations

John Galt of Ayn Rand Lane (zip code: a nonexistent 99999) was able to donate with no problem—despite the fact that the cardholder's name and address did not match the name he provided.

John McCain's website? Rejected the same non-matching-information donation.

I guess when you're gathering up tens of millions from the Saudis and Gazans you have to be a little lenient on matching up credit card donations. Incidentally—when I fucking order cheesesteaks from my local deli, I get dinged when I forget my current zip code and give them my old one.

Again, though: If Obama were demanding that credit card information matched donor information, he couldn't draw in $150 million largely from fraudulent overseas donors.

Anyone see a pattern? Jennifer Brunner [Ohio's Secretary of State] isn't bothered by "voters" with non-matchable information casting votes; Barack Obama doesn't take the most basic safeguard of ensuring that a donor's information matches the information on his credit card.

Try buying something anywhere with a credit card. You check to see if you can get away with entering false information about your name and address. An automated check bounces all such attempts. Unless this safeguard has been specifically disabled.

And why would anyone do that?

I just can't think of a single reason.

Glenn's also baffled:

"[A] retired insurance manager who occasionally submits recipes to the local paper says someone used a credit card to donate [$175,000] in her name. No charges ever showed up on her credit card statement." Now why would someone do that?

Quite the puzzler.

Note to Chicago pols: you're supposed to be subtler when you're working in the national arena. The entire country isn't 100% acclimated to the Illinois style of Getting Things Done.

Editor's note: I fixed Ace's punctuation and paragraph breaks because I did not like them. And one little teensy verb tense. So feel free to consider that first blockquote a paraphrase of what he actually wrote.

Posted by Attila Girl at October 23, 2008 12:18 AM | TrackBack

It means the fuckin' Euros and other assorted overseas ineligibles are "voting" for their man.

Invalid address, no problemo! Charge your vote for President of the World! We'll quash any attempted investigation when we get in.

Where'd that $150,000,000 come from? I bet more than half overseas.

I am pissed!

Posted by: Desert Cat at October 23, 2008 09:24 AM

John McCain should be given Barack Obama's share of the public financing money, with a corresponding doubling of his spending limits.

Is there a better way to insure continuation of the program and campaign finance reform?

No major party had ever turned down government funds for the general election (and compliance with the rules and restrictions of the program) since the program was launched in 1976: Senator Barack Obama reneged on his promise to do so in 2008.

Posted by: Darrell at October 23, 2008 11:27 AM

If someone wants to donate money to McCain from outside the country all they have to do is contact Attila, and give her the money with the understanding that it will go to John McCain, I think that after keeping a substantial cut for herself (knowing that John is losing anyways) She will donate the rest in her name, now how difficult is that.
This whole idea that somehow people from outside the country without any benefits of tax deduction would like to donate money in a way that they will get caught is absolute nonsense. As for the guy who saw that money was donate in his name my question is how did he find out???

Posted by: Azmat Hussain at October 23, 2008 11:46 AM

"after keeping a substantial cut for herself"

You have her confused with a Democrat. In case you don't speak 'code,' I mean Socialist, Progressive, Friend-of-Bill-Ayers, small 'c' communist, big "C" Communist, urbane, etc. Azmat you are a twit. No decorder ring needed.

Obama--Let's Not and Say We Did.

Posted by: Darrell at October 23, 2008 02:13 PM

Azmat! I'm horrified. You wrote "anyways." The correct term is "anyway."

The deal is this: American law prohibits any one individual from contributing too much; also, it attracts attention. This way, those who want to send enormous contributions can simply divide it into several (or a dozen) small ones, and put any name on 'em that they want.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 23, 2008 03:02 PM

There's plenty of europeans that would pony up $200 for a shot at influencing the American elections, not to mention a whole lot of vested interest in the middle east and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

As far as getting caught, they will not. If he wins it is extremely unlikely to be investigated, and the worst that happens is the campaign has to return the contribution--months after the fact. Interest free loan in the mean time. It's not like a foreign national is going to be prosecuted for a $50 donation made with a fake US address.

The only way to prevent this kind of crap is if the Obama campaign itself takes proper measures to prevent it.

And they have chosen not to.

Rotten filthy dirty cheaters.

Posted by: Desert Cat at October 23, 2008 03:07 PM

Is it just me, or is our resident troll Azmat's name just a bit too close to Hazardous Materials for comfort? Surely I can't be the only one noticing the similarity...

Posted by: Gregory at October 23, 2008 05:00 PM

Northwest Indiana is under heightened alert now that Azmat has departed for British Colombia--just as his dreams for a small 's' socialist utopia are within reach.

Nothing is coincidental, nothing is overlooked.

Posted by: Darrell at October 23, 2008 08:19 PM

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