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Obama campaign opens the floodgates to foreign and fraudulent donations

Jerry Stratton, April 3, 2012

Looks like the creepy ad campaign didn’t bring in enough money, so the Obama 2012 campaign turned off verification on their credit card donations similar to what they did in 2008.

Remember when President Obama complained about how bad it was to “open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without limit in our elections”? He was lying about that, but now he’s gone and done what he ranted against. Without verification, foreign corporations and even domestic corporations can enter whatever names and addresses they want for small donations—multiple times over, making huge donations. The President gets to rave about all his small donors, because all of those big donors will look like small ones in the database.

Verification isn’t something you turn on when you set up credit card payments. You have to deliberately turn it off.

In response to Obama campaign skirts campaign finance law: I expected the New York Times to be silent on the illegal donations that the Obama 2008 campaign encourages. I should have known better: they’re trying to cover for the campaign. But the bigger issue is that laws that don’t get enforced are counterproductive; they encourage dishonesty and lawlessness.

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