AT THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN
JUST GETS THICKER [UPDATED too]
We thought it was just a couple hundred million bucks in illegal foreign donations, but apparently it's even easier than that: looks like all the online safeguards have been disabled, and this kind of stuff can happen [from an email to Jonah Goldberg at NRO:
So I went to the Obama website this afternoon and clicked on the "Donate" button. I used my real MasterCard number (but was not asked for the 3 digit security code).Then there's this, via Powerline:
Used the following information and it was accepted...
First name: Fake
Last Name: Donor
Address: 1 Dollar To Prove A Point
Zip / Post: 33333
Email Address: email@example.com
Phone Number: 2125551212
Employer: Mainstream Media
Occupation: Being in the Tank
And incredibly, my $5 donation was ACCEPTED!!!
I then went to the McCain site and used the exact same information (and WAS asked for the 3 digit security code for my MasterCard). There, my contribution was rejected with the following message: "Your transaction was not approved for the following reason(s): Invalid data", and then: "We have found errors in the information that you have submitted. Please review the information below and try again."
I have screen shots and printouts of all of this as well.
Please tell me what I can do with this information? Is this a violation of FEC law by the Obama Campaign? How do we publicize this???
Thanks for all you do.
Name: John Galt
Address: 1957 Ayn Rand Lane
City: Galts Gulch
Then I checked the box next to $15 and entered my actual credit card number and expiration date (it didn't ask for the 3-didgit code on the back of the card) and it took me to the next page and... "Your donation has been processed. Thank you for your generous gift."
This simply should not, and could not, happen in any business or any campaign that is honestly trying to vet it's donors. Also, I don't see how this could possibly happen without the collusion of the credit card companies. They simply wouldn't allow any business to process, potentially, hundreds of millions in credit card transactions where the name on the card doesn't match the purchasers name.
In short, with the system set up as it is by the Obama camp, an individual could donate unlimited amounts of money by simply making up fake names and addresses. And Obama is doing his best to facilitate this fraud. This is truly scandalous.
[Our reader was not yet done. He tried the experiment on the McCain site: "I tried the exact same thing at the McCain site and it didn't allow the transaction." He then repeated the experiment at the Obama site:]
So even if he wins, we have to wonder if he really won? And this time, Al Gore, we won't be making it up out of dangling chads.
I went back to the Obama site and made three additional donations using the names Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Bill Ayers, all with different addresses. All the transactions went through using the same credit card. I saved screenshots of the transactions.
--I TOOK A POLL, AND DECIDED TO PUT UP
THESE ARTICLES ABOUT POLLS
(1) Michael Barone
(2) DJ Drummond
--UNEXPECTED PROPS FOR THE PREZ,
FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE:
SIR BOB 'BOOMTOWN RAT' GELDOF
Good on ya, Sir Bob.
--THE EGGHEADS' LAMENT: SEND IN THE CLOWNS
(All the way from Alaska, or maybe Kentucky)
City Journal's Michael Knox Beran at National Review
--CLASSIC MOVIES, RIGHT HERE:
And then there was this:
Apparently Professor Obama failed to read this.
--Department of Separation of Church and State:
THE OBAMESSIAH TELLS THE CROWD HE
FEELS "A RIGHTEOUS WIND" BEHIND HIM
Good thing no Republican was caught saying that, because it would be a clear sign of the coming theocratic tyranny. Phew.
--Department of QUELLE SURPRISE:
Pouting Pillsbury Doughboy SCOTT MCCLELLAN
WILL VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA
That'll show 'em, Scotty -- BOY will you show them! They won't have Scott McClellan to kick around any more! They'll be sorry they didn't let me come up into their treehouse and be a member of the secret club!! No more West Wing Wedgies for me, by golly!!!!
CNN makes the report, and closes off the posting with "File Under: Barack Obama". That pretty much says it.
This is only slightly less earth-shaking than the Colin Powell announcement. Which was considerably less earthshaking than the David Brooks Palin-slam, and less entertaining than the Christopher Buckley announcement.