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Washington, DC – During his campaign for president, Barack Obama amassed a fund of over $750 million with many donations coming through the campaign’s website through questionable donations. Some possibly from foreign contributors, in direct violation of federal election laws, were made possible by turning off the address verification system (AVS) to be able to track the origin of the donation.
Whistleblower Anita MonCrief, who brought many of the questionable tactics used by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to help raise money for Obama’s election bid to public attention has put together the Obama donor list so others can come to their own informed decision on whether the campaign, back in 2007 and 2008 kept everything above board.
Donations are limited by election laws to a total of $2,300 for each individual but many were able to skirt that issue by donating to ACORN and its Voter Registration arm, Project Vote. In 2008 the Obama Campaign gave ACORN’s Citizen Services Inc., (CSI) $880,000 for get out the vote. In 2008 and 2009, CSI received an additional $2.2 million from Obama’s campaign. The big problem with all this is that Project Vote is listed as a non-profit 501c corporation and political donations cannot legally be made by a non-profit.
When digging through the Obama donor list it was realized that with the AVS not functioning individuals were able to make donations over the $2,300 maximum without fear of exposure. The law requires that when an individual donates over $200 that donation and any subsequent donations are added together to ensure the total does not exceed the $2,300 maximum. During his election bid this did not happen.
Donations from foreign entities are also unlawful, but that didn’t stop the Obama campaign from accepting them. With the use of prepaid cards and no way to verify a donor’s address, it would be impossible to determine the origin of many on the Obama donor list. Some bloggers actually were able to make donations when they entered in false information, including foreign addresses. Without the verification process there is not much election officials could do about dubious donors.
MonCrief, went to the New York Times and blew the whistle. After several months of work with reporter Stephanie Strom, MonCrief was told the editors had instructed them to back off of the story, just weeks before the election.
Why bring it up now? Because the suspected illegal donations continued to pour in through the last campaign and by researching the searchable donor list voters can determine if the Obama campaign was using lawful fundraising or not. Since the campaign continues to accept money through the internet the question remains if the current Obama donor list is as lawful as federal election laws mandate.
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