Monday, October 13, 2008





POSTED: 10/7/2008

Campaign Finance: Sources of more than $190 million in Obama election
contributions are unidentified. Will a federal investigation find foreigners
illegally rigging the most important presidential election in history?

Newsmax reported last week that Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has collected
"the largest pool of unidentified money that has ever flooded into the U.S.
election system, before or after the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reforms of

Federal Election Commission data show that some $222 million of the cash Obama
has collected came in the form of contributions of $200 or less, with the
Democratic nominee's campaign identifying the donors of less than $40
million of that sum.

Campaigns may accept donations of less than $200 without providing the
donors' names and addresses in campaign finance reports, but Sen. John
McCain's camp has made its full donor database available on the Internet.
Independent campaign finance watchdog organizations have asked the Obama
campaign to list all its donors, as well, but it's refused. What is Obama

The Republican National Committee is making the most of this disclosure gap,
filing a complaint with the FEC, demanding that it investigate the sources of
Obama's thousands of unknown donors and look into possible illegal foreign

Major media have jumped on the story, with Newsweek noting that FEC auditors
ordered Obama's campaign to return large amounts from sources with fake
names. One phony was "Good Will," who listed "Loving" as his
employer and "You" as his job. The address given was found to be that
of the Austin-based nonprofit Goodwill Industries, which informed the Obama
campaign last month that its name was apparently being used fraudulently.

Another made-up name: "Doodad Pro." His listed address is a Nunda,
N.Y., liquor store next to the now-closed Doodad Boutique.

More disturbing was $33,000 paid for Obama campaign T-shirts by two Palestinian
brothers from Gaza who listed "Ga." as their address, which the
campaign took to be the state of Georgia. The purchase is considered a campaign

This week, CBS News discovered two Obama contributors who gave $7,722 using
fake identities, "Dahsudhu Hdusahfd of Df, Hawaii," employed by
"CZXVC/ZXVZXV" and "Uadhshgu Hduadh of Dhff, Fla.," who
works for "DASADA/SAFASE."

The Newsmax report noted a separate FEC database of more than 11,500 overseas
contributions to Obama totaling $33.8 million, with more than 520 listing their
locations as "IR," a possible abbreviation for Iran. (The Associated
Press noted that "In FEC reports, the designation 'IR' typically
stands for 'information requested' because the donor did not supply

Sixty-three listings had "UK" as the donor's location. Other
locales apparently providing money for Obama included Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa,
Beijing and Fallujah, as well as France and Italy.

Obama's Web site formerly let donors choose from among every United Nations
member when listing their residence. By contrast, the presidential campaign of
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton actually required U.S. citizens residing abroad
to fax a copy of their passport before accepting their donations. Federal law
prohibits the acceptance of campaign contributions from foreign nationals.

In the summer, the head of Nigeria's stock market held a series of
fundraisers believed to have collected $900,000 — ostensibly to pay for some
Nigerians' attendance at the Democratic convention in Denver. A Nigerian
government commission is now investigating.

Do the "Doodads," "Good Wills," "Dahsudhu
Hdusahfds" and Nigerian money men form only the tip of the iceberg? The
hundreds of millions this supposed "man of the people" has raised is
an astonishing sum, with a large percentage coming from unknown sources.

Obama might say he doesn't know who any of these people are, so it is
absurd to suggest he would be a president in the pocket of anti-American
foreigners he doesn't know.

But they know him. Many foreign powers would give a fortune to install a
far-left president who wants to reduce American economic and military power.

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