Website "Obama.com" Redirects Visitors To Obama's Official Donation Page, Despite 68% of Its Visitors Being Overseas And Presumably Ineligible to Donate To An American Campaign

It appears Newsweek spiked the story.

Update & Bumped: Newsweek Has Published. Link & excerpts at article's end.

There's a lot to digest, but there are a few fairly damning revelations here. It's not really what I was expecting.

This raised an immediate eyebrow:

Obama.com was a “parked” page with a small Japanese company that sold website names. In the last week of September 2008, Obama.com changed hands and was registered to “Roche, Robert.” The administrative email was registered to a Teruhiko Tshida at a Japanese company with the website oaklawn.com.jp. Oaklawn Marketing is a Japanese infomercial company started by Robert Roche. Roche is an American citizen (originally from Chicago) who has spent the bulk of his time in Shanghai since the late 90s. He has considerable business interests in China involving China state run television.
Some more background on Roche:
In the early part of October 2010, the site registration was changed from “Roche, Robert” to an anonymous registration with a company called Domains By Proxy which is owned by GoDaddy. Server hosting was changed from Japan Global Media Online to Hostmonster/Bluehost. Almost immediately, Obama.com redirected to the donate page of the Obama campaign.
...
He [Roche] serves as co-chair of the Technology Initiative for the Obama campaign, an effort designed to raise money from, and with the assistance of, the Technology and Information industry. In the first quarter of 2012, Roche bundled $500,000 for the Obama campaign. He has also contributed $50,000 thus far to the pro-Obama “Superpac” Priorities USA. In 2008, he bundled $282,359 for Obama. In the wake of 2008, Roche was made a member of the U.S. Trade Advisory Board for China. He is also a past president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
There seems to be an abundance of smoke here.

There is some more evidence of foreign involvement here:

The report focuses on the website Obama.com, which used to be owned by a major Obama donation bundler. Type that site in and you are directed to the Obama donation site. The report said that 68 percent of the traffic to Obama.com comes from overseas.

It appears that "obama.com" routed a great many foreign visitors to Obama's donation pages. There is also evidence that the Obama campaign went out of their way to avoid using web-standard verification to confirm donations.

I think many are making too big a deal out of the CCV requirement, the real issue is the Address Verification System (AVS) which appears to have been set to an absurdly weak "match" setting on Obama's own campaign website. This should be what people are focusing on. The AVS system can be set to extremely strict settings, like say no typos. Or it can be very set to a very, ahem, liberal match setting, which appears to be the case here. The AVS system is also very tough on fraud because you actually have to match real address, not just punch some numbers in for "Mickey Mouse".

GAI also determined that the Obama re-election campaign has selected a particularly weak Address Verification System (AVS), a computerized means of comparing house numbers and ZIP codes provided by a donor with the corresponding numbers on file with a credit card issuer.
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GAI notes that the Obama campaign’s failure to use such security measures in its online donation system likely costs it “millions of dollars in additional fees” because “card processors charge higher transaction fees for campaigns that fail to use the CVV.
The reason why this report is not what I was expecting, is that it stops here. Back when there were some whispers about this in May or June, I poked around Obama's site. What was odd was that there was verification for Obama's web store, but not to donate. Meaning, you had to verify your address if you wanted to buy a "Dogs for Obama" button, but not if you wanted to donate to his campaign. Most of us remember these types of shenanigans from Obama's 2008 campaign.

So, when this story began leaking last week, I went back and checked on this again. The weird part? The campaign donation page had been moved from "donate.barackobama.com" to "contribute.barackobama.com". After poking around a little more, I found that donate.barackobama is being hosted by Blue State Digital. This is a firm founded by former Howard Dean 2004 staffers and they run Obama's digital operation.

Meanwhile, barackobama.com and contribute.barackobama.com are hosted by a company called Akamai Technologies out of Cambridge, Mass. As best I can tell through various caching sites, this change from "donate" to "contribute" was made sometime in the last month. The question becomes why? My suspicion is that, as the Washington Examiner claims, the White House knew this report was coming out (they actually claim the White House was trying to block it) and they were trying to fix some of these issues.

Furthermore, donate.barackobama.com is not universally forwarded to contribute.barackobama.com. You can still see some examples of old pages here:

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gp2j9b

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/event/search_simple

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/event/create

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-August1RaleighReception

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-EastEndForObama

My best guess is they are running custom 301 redirect scripts through an htaccess file. They appear to have missed redirecting some of these older pages. You can even donate through this old site. Again, why? This is sloppy and leads me to believe this was a hastily-made change with only two months remaining in the campaign.

I'm still digging into this along with a few others to see what else we can find. If you notice something, shoot me a line on twitter.

More at the Daily Caller and and Breitbart.

Newsweek's Version [ace]: is now up.

They allowed themselves to be scooped -- why? Not sure. Maybe to bury it.

But now it's up.

But it isn’t just foreign donations that are a concern. So are fraudulent donations. In the age of digital contributions, fraudsters can deploy so-called robo-donations, computer programs that use false names to spew hundreds of donations a day in small increments, in order to evade reporting requirements. According to an October 2008 Washington Post article, Mary Biskup of Missouri appeared to give more than $170,000 in small donations to the 2008 Obama campaign. Yet Biskup said she never gave any money to the campaign. Some other contributor gave the donations using her name, without her knowledge. (The Obama campaign explained to the Post that it caught the donations and returned them.)

This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.)

What? This is what they always claim, including with voter fraud-- that very basic efforts to determine valid votes or, here, valid donations, will "frighten" law-abiding citizens.

Why are law-abiding citizens afraid of a CCV check that is common in their lives? Did they never order Domino's pizza?

Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool).

Yes-- that's to prevent fraud. They don't want to send out merchandise and then have someone demand a refund due to his credit card being fraudulently used.

Obama has no problem with this scenario as far as donations, though!

What about all those Obama supporters who are "discouraged" from purchasing merchandise due to the CCV requirement? What about them?

We also focused on the Obama campaign because it is far more successful than Romney when it comes to small donors—which the Internet greatly helps to facilitate. In September the Obama campaign brought in its biggest fundraising haul—$181 million. Nearly all of that amount (98 percent) came from small donations, through 1.8 million transactions.

The Obama campaign says that it is rigorous in its self-regulation effort.

But not rigorous enough to add easy, automated, standard verification step in its accumulation of donations.

Posted by: JohnE. at 05:38 PM



Comments

1 SPike the Story? what?

Posted by: Unemployed Poll Worker Formerly known as Acorn Employee at October 08, 2012 02:49 PM (ovpNn)

2 Teruhiko Tshida - you can't spell that in Japanese. Tsuhida? Tushida?

Anyway, what the hell happened to the post on the comment page?

Posted by: entropy at October 08, 2012 02:52 PM (TULs6)

3 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at October 08, 2012 03:41 PM (6o4Fb)

4 This is my shocked face!

Posted by: E-Trade Baby at October 08, 2012 03:41 PM (/YJYi)

5

We don't see a problem with this. ...Nothing to see here, move along.

Posted by: The Mewling Quim Media... at October 08, 2012 03:42 PM (l5RhJ)

6 Hey, NewsWeek! Here's $2. Publish it. Publish it raw.

Posted by: fluffy at October 08, 2012 03:42 PM (z9HTb)

7 I'm not surprised. I didn't think Newsweek would run a story that would be bad for Obama...

Posted by: Hello, it's just me Donna at October 08, 2012 03:42 PM (9+ccr)

8
Cyber General Tso. And his fkn chicken.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at October 08, 2012 03:42 PM (LLtW1)

9 Newsweek? Spike a story damaging to a Democrat president?

That's crazy talk.

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky at October 08, 2012 03:42 PM (SY2Kh)

10 I'm playing a sad song on the world's tiniest violin for all the foreign numbnuts who contribute to this failed president's failed re-election bid.

Posted by: kallisto at October 08, 2012 03:42 PM (jm/9g)

11 Romney is a liar! $5 trillion!

Posted by: Stephanie Cutter at October 08, 2012 03:43 PM (wIgpo)

12 http://tinyurl.com/9u9a4g7
Perhaps the most significant, given that 76 percent of respondents said they watched the debate, is that for the first time in any public poll, Romney achieves favorable status. 48 percent view him favorably compared to 42 percent who do not.

The pollster further broke down the race thusly:

Obama leads among all females 52-42, while Romney leads 49-42 among males. In geographic regions, Romney leads Obama in the Southwest (49-36), “T”/Central (63-27), and South Central/Harrisburg (51-39), while Obama leads Romney in the Northwest (58-39), Northeast/Lehigh Valley (53-3 and Philadelphia (86-13). Obama leads narrowly in the 4 suburban counties in the Southeast (50-45), while Romney leads narrowly in Allegheny County (51-46). Although the regional breaks usually have a higher margin of error due to smaller sample sizes within them, if these closer margins hold for Romney in both the Southeast and Allegheny County it would validate a significant trend nationally that he is doing better in suburban communities than McCain did four years ago. In 2008, Obama won Allegheny County and the 4 collar counties around Philadelphia each by fifteen point margins.

Susquehanna Poll: Obama 47, Romney 45

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 03:43 PM (ck76k)

13 But what about your GAFFES !!!

Posted by: Andrea Mitchell at October 08, 2012 03:43 PM (wwsoB)

14 Who got what? Huh? My head hurts. My phone is the sh*t tho.

Posted by: Bozo that got an Obamaphone at October 08, 2012 03:44 PM (W2qJe)

15 Newsweek Spiked the story like obama at the debate.

Posted by: UNBIASED MEDIA SUCKS OBAMA COCK FROM BOTH ENDS at October 08, 2012 03:44 PM (ovpNn)

16 I wonder why they floated this story last week and this weekend?

Posted by: Hello, it's just me Donna at October 08, 2012 03:44 PM (9+ccr)

17 Blah, blah, blah polls......blah, blah, blah jobs report.....blah, blah, blah, bounce.

Posted by: Saving Greg some time at October 08, 2012 03:44 PM (6v/Tu)

18 So I own hopenchange.com, baracked.com, and barackwords.com. Still can't get an offer on them.

Any suggestions on where I should forward those?

Posted by: wooga at October 08, 2012 03:45 PM (vjyZP)

19 This is campaign fraud at its worst. How the fuck is it not getting front page attention?

Posted by: EC at October 08, 2012 03:45 PM (GQ8sn)

20 Any suggestions on where I should forward those?


scoamf.us

Posted by: fluffy at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (z9HTb)

21 Recalling the shenanigans from 2008, has anyone looked at specific donations (like $67.23) and done an FX calculation that says it matches a 50.00 GBP donation on that day. (No one donates $xx.23 to a campaign unless there are foreign currencies involved.)

I recall this analysis was done in '08 by some blogs but the media never covered it.

Posted by: Tonic Dog at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (X/+QT)

22 Looks like a wonderful counterpoint story to go with the "Obama raised $181m last quarter~!" story the lefties are pushing hard right now.

IIRC, something like 85% of the donations for that total were small enough to evade the rules that they get individual information on the donors.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (e0xKF)

23
This is campaign fraud at its worst. How the fuck is it not getting front page attention?


Cuz there's a lot of bitches like Gerg working for the MSM.

Posted by: c'mon at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (W2qJe)

24 You go boys! Last time Newsweek spiked a story this big Matt Drudge became a millionaire.

Posted by: BitterClingy&Buried at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (encrR)

25 This should be what people are focusing on. The AVS system can be set to extremely strict settings, like say no typos.

The two together are what's really problematic. There's a reason to have multiple layers of checking.


AVS can be a bitch. Several years back, the street on which I lived underwent an address upgrade to fully meet 911 compliance. This was an old rural route road and the last of the RR addresses were eliminated. As a result, all the street numbers changed. I got my notification and went in to start changing over my credit cards. I couldn't do it online. I called and found out that the USPS database hadn't yet been updated so the fraud verification threw an alert on the crosscheck for the change. It wound up being a mess because holds were put on my cards until it got cleared up. Don't even tell me that this wasn't a purposeful choice made to facilitate fraud.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD the revelator at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (VtjlW)

26 12

The sidebar story about Buzz Bissinger changing his vote to Romney is the kind of thing that could start a cascade in the Philly burbs. I'll have to go on some local blogs to give it some play.

Posted by: kallisto at October 08, 2012 03:48 PM (jm/9g)

27 Akamai is actually better for anonymizing the service. Akamai hosts content for anyone and serves it globally. You may connect to an Akamia box in the us or anywhere else in the world and its completely normal behavior. And you can't track off shore connections to the off shored address since millions, worldwide are using already.

Posted by: Aubrey at October 08, 2012 03:48 PM (GyXj+)

28 It appears that "obama.com" routed a great many foreign visitors to Obama's donation pages.

What's wrong with them? They couldn't wait for Barky to hold an "American" campaign rally in their country so they could donate dollars directly?

The Berlin rally (the largest "American" political rally of 200 was for foreigners with flyers printed in German ... with the official Barky campaign office logo! ("official-official", per Whoopi Cushion, not like that pathetically childish "Office of the Precedent-Elect" crap)

Orange. Jumpsuit.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 08, 2012 03:48 PM (X3lox)

29 Mewsweek...is a member in good standing, in the Mewling Quim Media.

Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 03:48 PM (l5RhJ)

30 Interesting, but way too technical to get any play.

Posted by: joncelli at October 08, 2012 03:49 PM (RD7QR)

31
Newsweek unwittingly probably did us a favor.

This story is like a treasure hunt. We're better off sticking with the economy and focusing on jobs.

Posted by: soothsayer at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (x8us2)

32 Eric sez we'll get right on this.

Posted by: DOJ at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (VndSC)

33 You go boys! Last time Newsweek spiked a story this big Matt Drudge became a millionaire.

And Newsweek became a dollaraire.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (SY2Kh)

34 26 12

The sidebar story about Buzz Bissinger changing his vote to Romney is the kind of thing that could start a cascade in the Philly burbs. I'll have to go on some local blogs to give it some play.

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Question -

If Bammy loses in Pennsylvania, does Casey Jr. lose too?

RCP has that race as being close and I'd think that the last 6 years has exposed Casey Jr. to the point where the Casey name shouldn't be propping him up anymore.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (e0xKF)

35 This is 100% true. I donated $5 to Obama using a fake address and name. I don't know what "match setting" is but there was no match in my donation. McCain and Hillary's site would not processs the payment...
I had the screenshots on an old HDD time to look for it I guess...

Posted by: theworldisnotenough at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (JpqtI)

36 http://tinyurl.com/9awouwc
The head-to-head numbers have held remarkably steady through the past three weeks, but there’s been a notable shift of intensity from the Democrats to the Republicans since the party conventions over a month ago. Most of the poll’s calls were made before Romney’s strong performance at the first presidential debate in Denver.

(Also on POLITICO: 2012 presidential debate schedule)

Only 73 percent who support Obama say they are “extremely likely” to vote, compared to 86 percent who back Romney. Likewise, 84 percent of Republicans say they are extremely likely to vote, compared to 76 percent of Democrats.
Among those extremely likely to vote, Romney actually leads Obama 52 percent to 46 percent. That’s up from a 2-point lead last week. Obama led 50 percent to 47 percent among this group three weeks ago.


Gregums & Other LibTARDS hardest hit




Battleground Tracking Poll: Dems less enthusiastic

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (ck76k)

37 30
Interesting, but way too technical to get any play.


Posted by: joncelli at October 08, 2012 03:49 PM (RD7QR)
Sadly what I was thinking too.

Posted by: Long Island at October 08, 2012 03:51 PM (kzp9t)

38 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at October 08, 2012 03:51 PM (5DR1j)

39 Lalalalala I can't hear you.

Posted by: Teflon Squirrels, Inc. at October 08, 2012 03:51 PM (96M6e)

40
Don't even tell me that this wasn't a purposeful choice made to facilitate fraud.


This! And nothing will happen to TFG and he will move to his 35 million dollar pad in Hawaii.

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at October 08, 2012 03:51 PM (R8hU8)

41 BTW, here's ace's original thread on this from October 2008:

http://tinyurl.com/5to2b6

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 08, 2012 03:52 PM (X3lox)

42 Lol, now I wonder why NEWSWEEK would spike the story?

Posted by: Bill Mitchell at October 08, 2012 03:52 PM (hlUJY)

43 Interesting, but way too technical to get any play.

Not really. The dumbed down version is that Obama is using a Chinese website that potentially allows foreigners to illegally donate to his campaign.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at October 08, 2012 03:52 PM (SY2Kh)

44 Newsweek spiking it pretty much is a confirmation in and of itself!

Posted by: Jayne Cobb at October 08, 2012 03:52 PM (rWGH+)

45 Just more somewhat confusing evidence that Obama will break any law to get re-elected. But, how much more do we all need?

Posted by: Roy at October 08, 2012 03:52 PM (VndSC)

46 Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 03:50 PM (e0xKF)

Bob Casey Jr. is an Empty suit & this same Polling Firm had him up 46% to 41% over Tom Smith a political novice

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 03:53 PM (ck76k)

47 this didn't go anywhere in 2008 and it still won't...sadly

Posted by: kawfytawk at October 08, 2012 03:53 PM (JWLqy)

48 It takes a village to choose an idiot, I guess.

Posted by: Karusky at October 08, 2012 03:54 PM (dKyuh)

49 Not really. The dumbed down version is that Obama is using a Chinese website that potentially allows foreigners to illegally donate to his campaign.

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Which is where the web traffic percentages get interesting... when 7 out of 10 people accessing the donation site are from outside the US, the circumstantial evidence against him looks really bad.

It won't be enough to convince the die-hards who will vote for him anyway, but should peel off even more people who were sitting on the fence.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 03:54 PM (e0xKF)

50 Illegal foreign donations to Obama's campaign being facilitated by a shady, Chicago-born supporter based in Japan?

Never heard of it.

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at October 08, 2012 03:54 PM (5iuEW)

51 30 Interesting, but way too technical to get any play.

Shorter version:

Barky get millions from Credit Card Fraud.

Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 03:54 PM (l5RhJ)

52 I don't understand the nuance of all the issues here, but I know all I need to know. obama is a democrat, a socialist, and from Chicago. Case closed

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 03:54 PM (j1gX1)

53 It'd be better if someone can put a face on this scandal. Does that Roche-clip guy look like Snidely Whiplash? That would help.

Posted by: Roy at October 08, 2012 03:54 PM (VndSC)

54 I missed the Address thing when I was looking at it earlier.

That said- the CVV thing is huge specifically because it's so minimal. The Address Validation thing is big, too, and in conjunction, they go beyond "enabling" all the way to "encouraging" Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft.

The reason I think that's important is I think it's the way to sell it to the public. Most people don't understand about caching and 301 redirects and all that stuff. Heck, there are a lot of IT folks who know it exists but couldn't explain exactly what it means.

On the other hand, anyone who has purchased anything on the internet in at least the last 15 years knows all about having to enter their CVV and that their demographic stuff must match their card exactly (Including case sensitivity in some instances) and that failure to ask for that information is gross negligence regarding people's money.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at October 08, 2012 03:55 PM (5DR1j)

55 I can't put my finger on it right now, but there is more to this they are not telling us.

What's repeated here is certainly troubling and quite possibly illegal. But this is not solely the content that has been worrying Obama's campaign- there has to be more.

I am certain this is not the last word. But it sure sounds like they had a significant amount of unreported contributions from outside the country.

I would go so far as to allege someone ran a very well-oiled, very sophisticated structuring contribution network which used computers and other technology to hide the originators of the funds. They set up the contribution system and knew damn well how to beat it.

The answer lies in credit cards used to conduct the alleged fraudulent, legal activity. That is where this all comes together. Who are the cardholders? How long were those cards in use? Are they foreign individuals?


There should be enough evidence here to at least get the FEC and possibly FBI (international crime) involved. If not, it is an outrage.

Posted by: marcus at October 08, 2012 03:55 PM (GGCsk)

56 in 2008 you could put a credit card in with mickey mouse as the name and as long as the number was legit it worked.

Posted by: kawfytawk at October 08, 2012 03:55 PM (JWLqy)

57
Just one of many scandals.

Just when does it cost half a billion for glass tubes of green light bulbs when most of the money went through 7 hands and right back into the re-elect Obama or one of many union controlled super pacs. Or buy guns then to sell them to the Cartels, to take that money and buy more guns then sell them to the Muslim Brotherhood who gave them to the local ALQ chapter. All with the small stuff out in the open as they are in the middle of a back rub by the media and they did not care anymore.

Posted by: Trevor (@TJexcite) at October 08, 2012 03:56 PM (PNDql)

58 "Not really. The dumbed down version is that Obama is using a Chinese website that potentially allows foreigners to illegally donate to his campaign. "

It ain't in the US? Then Mitt's people should be DDOSing the shit out of the thing.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at October 08, 2012 03:57 PM (TpXEI)

59 If I remember correctly they were caught taking donations from Gaza last elections and doing other similar things to this. So if no one really called them on it last time, why stop? democrats and the MSM, perfect together

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 03:57 PM (j1gX1)

60 Needs a one or two sentence summary for twitter/facebook.
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Obama accepts millions in illegal foreign donation scheme.

Illegal foreign donation scheme run by Obama crony in China.

Corruption: Obama's Illegal foreign donor scandal.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at October 08, 2012 03:57 PM (ZPrif)

61 34 36 Yes, I'm feeling it here, too. I'm waiting to see if Romney/Ryan will come back and spend a little more time here. If this poll is good, it is close enough to pick a few more votes from these counties and from the coal regions and gas drilling counties, too. And, I hate Casey. He would actually make Obama look good in a debate, he's so stupid.

Posted by: BitterClingy&Buried at October 08, 2012 03:57 PM (encrR)

62 "These are not the websites you are looking for" -- ObiWan

Posted by: @PurpAv at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (NO6cW)

63
in 2008 you could put a credit card in with mickey mouse as the name and as long as the number was legit it worked.



I believe you are prejudiced against water fowl. That's dethpicable!

Posted by: Daffy Duck at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (z9HTb)

64 http://tinyurl.com/8vejn3j


Security Team Commander Says Ambassador Stevens Wanted His Team to Stay in Libya Past August

Amazingly enough Jake Tapper once worked for MTV News


Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (ck76k)

65 We have precious few days until the election.

We can spend that time explaining to the Ignoramuses this complex scandal that does not directly affect their purse/wallet, or we can try to convince them why that last jobs report was not "surprisingly strong" as the media describes it.

Posted by: soothsayer at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (7YQvL)

66 I had a dream--really--that Oshithead gave a speech in which he referred to himself repeatedly as a SCOAMF. We were all, "he seems to think it means something other than what it means". Strange dream.

Posted by: USS Diversity at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (0CiTm)

67 Not calling out Ace on this but the blogosphere in general. Just like the overhyped 2007 video this will probably go nowhere

This bullshit of teasing these stories and talking them up.... is bullshit.

Should this be big news yeah, is it going to be.. no

Posted by: The Jackhole at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (nTgAI)

68 I am certain this is not the last word. But it sure sounds like they had a significant amount of unreported contributions from outside the country.

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I'd agree with you.


I have a feeling the source of this story is using O'Keefe and Breitbart's tactics, putting part of the story out there in hopes that the Dims try to spin this, then follow it up with more that exposes a lie made in the spin.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (e0xKF)

69 Just embarrassing:

New debate excuse: Obama doesn't like debates

Posted by: weft cut-loop at October 08, 2012 03:59 PM (e7w2X)

70 47
this didn't go anywhere in 2008 and it still won't...sadly

Posted by: kawfytawk at October 08, 2012 03:53 PM (JWLqy)

This was like the Hampton Roads revelation. All of this shit has been out there and only the blogs dig into it, find damning evidence and it goes nowhere. Not to get conspiratorial or anything but it would seem after conservatives journalist exposed Clinton and Dan Rather the MSM has circled the wagons around TFG.

Posted by: Long Island at October 08, 2012 03:59 PM (kzp9t)

71 Attack, attack, attack. Spread it on twitter/facebook. Every bit helps.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at October 08, 2012 03:59 PM (ZPrif)

72 So why did they tease with this story if they had no intention of running it?

Posted by: Hello, it's just me Donna at October 08, 2012 04:00 PM (9+ccr)

73
You skipped right over something very important!!!!
Was it Newsweek that was suposed to carry this and they didn't?
Abuse of power again?
Obama threatens the media and they don't carry stories against him?
That is a story!!!!
And Obama better just shut up about outsourcing!

Posted by: petunia at October 08, 2012 04:00 PM (DAcBA)

74 I knew Newsweek would spike it. As soon as I heard they were the magazine in question I lost hope it would crossover to MSM press.

As it was in 2008 this will remain a conservative press issue. The MSM abdicated their responsibility in 2008. They have not shown any interest in reclaiming it.

I'm sad for our country but I am getting more and more used to it.

Posted by: Tommy V at October 08, 2012 04:00 PM (ZYlKz)

75 The big story of the day is from ABC. The Amb begging for more security on the day he was murdered.

Someone really should do a front page story on that one.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at October 08, 2012 04:01 PM (qigku)

76 Question - If Bammy loses in Pennsylvania, does Casey Jr. lose too? __

Can't honestly say. If Romney takes PA, that would be a sign of extreme voter dissatisfaction with the dems, I guess the indies switching their vote to the GOP ticket would vote a straight ticket. Who knows? Casey hasn't done anything of note during his tenure. When the Sunoco and Conoco refineries closed in my area, he wasn't especially visible in getting them back online.

Recently heard some PA politico say that the race between Smith and Casey was tightening up.

Posted by: kallisto at October 08, 2012 04:01 PM (jm/9g)

77 70

Yep and once Romney is elected it will still sit cold and unchecked by the MFM

Posted by: kawfytawk at October 08, 2012 04:01 PM (JWLqy)

78 Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 03:57 PM (j1gX1)

Sorry, NGU, but I hate this kind of sentiment.

The Republicans need to pull out the long knives on this one. It should have torpedoed him last time, but no one would talk about it. A few blogs is really it.

But, if the Dextrosphere will really push it, we've shown we can get an idea into the public consciousness- a la Anthony Weiner. It needs to be pushed, and it needs to be pushed as a Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft story- because those are things people will sit up and notice.

The difference between this and any of the other 2008 things on which we now have confirmation (or at least more evidence) is that this is occurring NOW.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at October 08, 2012 04:01 PM (5DR1j)

79 New debate excuse: Obama doesn't like debates

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That's funny... Barry always told me he was a master debater.

Posted by: Kal Penn at October 08, 2012 04:01 PM (e0xKF)

80 John, please stop. Your attempts on actual investigation journalism are laughable.

Posted by: The MSM at October 08, 2012 04:01 PM (gmeXX)

81 Ace, I just sent you an email. Please take a look.

Posted by: Truman North at October 08, 2012 04:02 PM (I2LwF)

82 69 Just embarrassing:

New debate excuse: Obama doesn't like debates
Actually it is GREAT news, None of their excuses so far has "Stuck" so they keep throwing shit against the wall & hopes Something sticks

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 04:02 PM (ck76k)

83 55...There should be enough evidence here to at least get the FEC and possibly FBI (international crime) involved. If not, it is an outrage.

Actually, I think this falls under the purview of the Secret Service.
That's who we had to deal with, when someone stole our credit card numbers.

They should get an Independent investigation, though...instead of these govt. agencies that are answerable to Barky.

Get LifeLock to investigate it.

Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 04:02 PM (l5RhJ)

84 Lol, now I wonder why NEWSWEEK would spike the story?
Posted by: Bill Mitchell at October 08, 2012 03:52 PM (hlUJY)


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Same thing that happened to Gallup? Ya' don't fuck with Chicago boys.

Posted by: Soona at October 08, 2012 04:02 PM (h4T0N)

85 It ain't in the US? Then Mitt's people should be DDOSing the shit out of the thing.

If Romney put $1M or so cash in the hand of the server farm owner, that shit would go dark forever in about 15 seconds flat after the bag was handed over.

Dude would run over and pump a full clip right into the server on the spot.

Posted by: @PurpAv at October 08, 2012 04:02 PM (NO6cW)

86 AllenG - the difference was already pointed out. And it shows the genius of Breitbart. The exposure only came after the full blown denial.

Posted by: The MSM at October 08, 2012 04:02 PM (gmeXX)

87 The MSFM will give full coverage as soon as a bipartisan panel has had the time to recommend a non-partisan study group which has the time to develop and populate a bipartisan commission which has the time and resources to consider all the evidence in a completely non-partisan fashion. Maybe in 2029. (Hat tip to Sir Humphrey.)

Posted by: mallfly at October 08, 2012 04:03 PM (bJm7W)

88 ...it feels like my wheels are falling off...

Posted by: THE BUS at October 08, 2012 04:03 PM (CfGGV)

89 There is still not much of a story here.

Posted by: SH at October 08, 2012 04:03 PM (gmeXX)

90 REMAIN CALM!!!...ALL IS WELL!!!

Posted by: Chip 'GERG!' Diller at October 08, 2012 04:04 PM (CfGGV)

91 Sorry, NGU, but I hate this kind of sentiment.


What sentiment? I was pointing out they had this story last election and sat on it. That was a condemnation of the MSM, not a statement of where it should lead this time?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 04:04 PM (j1gX1)

92 I expect Greg to gerg in shortly and explain that Romney has already lost so there's no reason to waste precious gov't funds investigating an obviously unproven accusation.

Posted by: mallfly at October 08, 2012 04:04 PM (bJm7W)

93 Recently heard some PA politico say that the race between Smith and Casey was tightening up.

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Which jives with the poll numbers someone else posted up-thread.

Casey beat Santorum by roughly 58-42 while Casey is only up about 46-41 against Smith.

Someone who pulled nearly 60% in their first election, against a powerful incumbent, shouldn't be below 50% against a relatively unknown challenger this late in the race.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 04:05 PM (e0xKF)

94 Really, the audacity of some people....

Posted by: CheshireLion at October 08, 2012 04:05 PM (zNDIM)

95 Keep the bad news about Barky coming, make it like trying to drink from a firehose.

Maybe not all the bad news will reasonate with every voter out there, but with enough information out there at least there's something from which to choose.

Make it a negative drumbeat of negativity. He's bad for the country and he takes money from foreigners who have no business buying the president.

There's probably an electronic sweatshot somewhere inan arabcountry, a sweatshopfull of computer geeks who are busy make phony credit card numbers, and then using those phony credit cards to make $50 donations to Barky. All funded by our oil-rich "friends" who continue to this day to also fund wahabi islam and terror.

Not a surprise Barky doesn't want the USA to be energy independent.

Posted by: Boots at October 08, 2012 04:05 PM (neKzn)

96 We won't get the uber-scandal knockout blow. But we don't need it.
The daily drip, drip, drip works, too The election will be decided by a few % points.

This story can just add to the corruption narrative. The crony socialism narrative. The lawlessness narrative. The anti-American narrative.

30 days left. At this stage the attacks don't even have to be true. On twitter and facebook people only read the headline anyway.

Hell, even just being a jackhole on facebook and twitter helps because Obama gets some blame for being unable to unite the country. And some voters will view Obama as the source of all the acrimony.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at October 08, 2012 04:05 PM (ZPrif)

97
I'm fairly certain I recall Obama at one time or another saying he loves to debate the other side.

Posted by: soothsayer at October 08, 2012 04:06 PM (80Qb8)

98 Conspiracy theorist here: In exchange for spiking the story the Obama campaign offered to feed Newsweek a story about Romney so they can do the "Exclusive! Read here about the horrible thing that Romney did that will change the election!"

Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am at October 08, 2012 04:06 PM (fgC5S)

99 The real danger for Casey is being at 48%. That is not a good place to be less than 30 days out.

Posted by: Dave in Fla at October 08, 2012 04:06 PM (qigku)

100 Obama's had a bad couple of weeks. A scandal a day until the election (even without it being thoroughly vetted) is not going to help him.Death by a thousand paper cuts!

Posted by: BitterClingy&Buried at October 08, 2012 04:06 PM (encrR)

101 Before you get too excited by this, Patterico posted on it and has some left wing, but not insane, lawyer, "Geek, Esq." doing a passably good job of defending this. The thread is worth reading for balance.

http://goo.gl/7tp95

Posted by: Random at October 08, 2012 04:07 PM (u8eBQ)

102 Dave in Fla 46%

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 04:07 PM (ck76k)

103 99 Smith needs Romney/Ryan shirttails. He's been running some good ads here, though, about Casey killing jobs.

Posted by: BitterClingy&Buried at October 08, 2012 04:07 PM (encrR)

104 I'm sure this is all on the up and up. Why would any political organization resort to nefarious methods of collecting monies? It's not like the money could be used for purposes other than ordinary campaign expenses. It's not like they are creating a giant slush fund for like-minded people. Let's cut them some slack and hope for the best. <sarc>

Posted by: MSM Betters at October 08, 2012 04:07 PM (71LDo)

105 What sentiment? I was pointing out they had this story last election and
sat on it. That was a condemnation of the MSM, not a statement of where
it should lead this time?


You comment read (to me, anyway) like you're saying we shouldn't push it, because the MFM won't run with it. Well, they didn't want to run with the Anthony Weiner story, either. Or the Van Jones story. It was the Dextrosphere that forced them to do that.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at October 08, 2012 04:08 PM (5DR1j)

106 SalenaZito @SalenaZitoTrib 13m
Pittsburgh Steelworker says "I'm a Democrat union member voting Romney just so you know there are a lot of us out here..." #Pennsyltucky

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 04:08 PM (ck76k)

107 I'm sure Newsweek is just holding back the story until the conform some details. Bet they'll publish it some time in December, or maybe like those "Game Change" authors, they're saving the story for a book to be published next year.

Posted by: Lizzy at October 08, 2012 04:08 PM (XDfSm)

108
Dear Supporters,

In weeks past, we've gotten great results from our drive to gift Barack's election campaign instead of toting a Cuisinart to that wedding. And the same goes for our "Hold a Garage Sale for Barack" campaign.

Now we're asking you top bust a honkie's white ass, lift his cards and use that plastic to donate. You may send along any cash in a plain brown envelope addressed to me at the Hyde Park address. You may even want to host a ass-busting, card-liftin' party yourself!

Yours in diversity,

Michelle

Posted by: spongerworthy at October 08, 2012 04:09 PM (r5w1L)

109 Chuck Todd @chucktodd 5m
New Pew poll shows BIG shift toward Romney: They have Romney up FOUR among likely voters; tied among RVs. One big shift: the Midwest

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 04:09 PM (ck76k)

110 Pull My Finger...

Posted by: NewsWeek at October 08, 2012 04:09 PM (COr7y)

111 You comment read (to me, anyway) like you're saying we shouldn't push it, because the MFM won't run with it. Well, they didn't want to run with the Anthony Weiner story, either. Or the Van Jones story. It was the Dextrosphere that forced them to do that.
Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at October 08, 2012 04:08 PM (5DR1j)

You misread my comment. As I said it was a condemnation of the MSM for NOT running with it last time.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 04:09 PM (j1gX1)

112 As apparently damning as all of this is. The difficult part is not the MSM inevitably ignoring this but spelling it out to the masses.

Millions of American use the internet. Hundreds understand anything you just said.

Posted by: WheelmanForHire at October 08, 2012 04:10 PM (l8nIR)

113 Gerg just drank some more sterno. Another couple of polls just came out. Surprise. Greg's "analysis " is not just wrong again but spectacularly wrong again.

Posted by: Damn Sockpuppet at October 08, 2012 04:11 PM (U3JvR)

114 not an IT person here, but seem to recall reading 2-3 years ago about the gov buying millions worth of akamai servers

Posted by: eurw at October 08, 2012 04:12 PM (gPSHw)

115 I'm a Democrat union member voting Romney

Some retired union guys from NY I know ain't biting on Obama this time around. They freely admit they voted for him in 08'.

Posted by: @PurpAv at October 08, 2012 04:12 PM (NO6cW)

116 Reading Polls , Eating Cheeto's, now my personal poll
is all orange and my screen looks like the bottom of a mayonnaise jar.

Posted by: Greg at October 08, 2012 04:12 PM (COr7y)

117 The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon has not detected a drone flying from Lebanese territory into Israel's airspace over the weekend, a spokesman for the agency said on Monday in an interview with a local radio station.

If the UN ever detected anything, even their own assholes, I'd be shocked.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 04:12 PM (j1gX1)

118 I wonder what the "spiked" Newsweak story would've added. Specific examples or testimony from the techs who set up the site would be useful.

Unless there's more to the story, I don't think this will have any more impact than it did in 2008. It's might be useful to reference it in passing, though, maybe as an example of the President's contempt toward the law. Something like that.

Posted by: GalosGann at October 08, 2012 04:13 PM (T3KlW)

119 ______________________________


John E., you are doing yeoman's work.

You are doing your best to speak in basic computer/internet terms that nonetheless go somewhat above the average person's head - including mine.

But what is obvious is that you (and others) are on to something BIG that exposes the Obama Campaign for its crooked means of hauling in big money from illegitimate donations.

Please keep up the excellent work. - Generalized technical concepts and all. You are successfully informing us. And this gives us invaluable ammunition. Which in turn helps spread the accurate MEME that Team Obama is cheating its ass off in abject desperation.

KEEP IT UP, FINE SIR!!!




Posted by: _Dave_ at October 08, 2012 04:14 PM (/nxRb)

120
Amazingly enough Jake Tapper once worked for MTV News


Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 03:58 PM (ck76k)


If I ever ran a news organization, I would bar anyone with a journalism degree from employment.

How hard is it to ask Who, what, where, when, why, how; and put the answers in a legible story? I do not want people that "want to change the world." I want people to tell me what is happening in the world. And then follow up with why it is, what has happened before, and what is going to happen next.

Posted by: rd does not believe the MFM at October 08, 2012 04:14 PM (zLp5I)

121 If the UN ever detected anything, even their own assholes, I'd be shocked.

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Tell them it's an underaged girl in dire need of food and they'll trip all over themselves to find her and trade food for "favors."

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 04:14 PM (e0xKF)

122 Here's a thought: Obama Campaign just released their fundraising #s for last month and they are huge (something like $181 million).

If you knew that your secret money advantage trick was going to be outed (they obviously had advance notice if several media outlets were thinking of running the story), then isn't it feasible that you'd collect as much cash as possible before turning the security rules on?
So did they do just that? Did they force thru an enormous amount of money thru the site because they knew they would have to shut it down?

Posted by: @huffpeter at October 08, 2012 04:14 PM (NHNJt)

123 WHAT ABOUT ROMNEY'S GAFFES!

Posted by: ANDREA MITCHELL, MICHELLE OBAMA"S COCKCSUCKER STAND IN at October 08, 2012 04:16 PM (ovpNn)

124 Someone just posted this link to the conspiracy blog. Is this illegal? If it isn't I might suggest the romney campaign consider doing it too

http://tinyurl.com/8dflvr2

Posted by: pray for peace at October 08, 2012 04:17 PM (oZfic)

125 101 Before you get too excited by this, Patterico posted on it and has some left wing, but not insane, lawyer, "Geek, Esq." doing a passably good job of defending this. The thread is worth reading for balance.

Posted by: Random at October 08, 2012 04:07 PM (u8eBQ)


OMFG a *lawyer*, making excuses for criminality and fraud?

*That* never happened before.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at October 08, 2012 04:22 PM (bxiXv)

126
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon has not detected a drone flying from Lebanese territory into Israel's airspace over the weekend, a spokesman for the agency said on Monday in an interview with a local radio station.

If the UN ever detected anything, even their own assholes, I'd be shocked. Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 04:12 PM (j1gX1)



These are the same clowns that did not detect the 10,000 missiles Hezbolla hid in Southern Lebanon before the 2006(?) Israeli-Lebanon war. And the ~100,000 they have smuggled in since. The drone could have had flashing lights and towed a banner saying Iran loves Hezbolla and they would have seen nothing.

They know what is going on, but they also have been intimidated into silence. If they actually try to do their jobs, their own superiors tell them to keep quiet, and the Hezbolla arrange for accidents to remind them that they are an isolated few in the middle of a foreign nation and their parent governments and the UN will not defend them.

Posted by: rd does not believe the MFM at October 08, 2012 04:23 PM (zLp5I)

127 Romney should set up the exact same system as a honey pot. Explain early and often that they are exactly mirroring Obama's setup. Wait a week, then release all of the illegal contributions he caught (and set aside). And ask how many Obama has actively, pre-election, caught.

Posted by: Tonic Dog at October 08, 2012 04:23 PM (X/+QT)

128 CAC has made Schroedinger's post.

Posted by: fluffy at October 08, 2012 04:24 PM (z9HTb)

129 Does anyone have the reportable % of contribution for past months, etc.

Posted by: Jean at October 08, 2012 04:24 PM (wLibB)

130 Seriously, did you know that "Obama" is the only US president's name you can reasonably pronounce well with a dick in your mouth? Seriously.

Posted by: Andrea Mitchell's VD addled brain at October 08, 2012 04:25 PM (R18D0)

131 I went to obama.com and was redirected to contribute. I put in bogus information and got as far as stating my occupation. Then it stopped and asked me to correct my information.

I did not get a CVV request. Could it be it was the next screen...? Or it wasn't there at all.

Posted by: PJ at October 08, 2012 04:25 PM (DQHjw)

132 Does anyone have the reportable % of contribution for past months, etc.
Posted by: Jean at October 08, 2012 04:24 PM (wLibB)


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I read somewhere (perhaps here) that it's 2%. This is of the $181 mill that was reported taken in by the SCOAMT junta.

Posted by: Soona at October 08, 2012 04:28 PM (h4T0N)

133 They know what is going on, but they also have been intimidated into silence.

Posted by: rd does not believe the MFM at October 08, 2012 04:23 PM (zLp5I)


Or are actively participating, given the UN's behavior WRT Israel in general, and the number of Jihadi Delivery Vehicles with things like "UNESCO" painted on the roof.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at October 08, 2012 04:29 PM (bxiXv)

134
Romney should set up the exact same system as a honey pot. Explain early and often that they are exactly mirroring Obama's setup. Wait a week, then release all of the illegal contributions he caught (and set aside). And ask how many Obama has actively, pre-election, caught.


Brilliant idea.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at October 08, 2012 04:30 PM (U+DUu)

135 I read somewhere (perhaps here) that it's 2%. This is of the $181 mill that was reported taken in by the SCOAMT junta.

Posted by: Soona at October 08, 2012 04:28 PM (h4T0N)


http://preview.tinyurl.com/8oxs3as

That's what was linked to at Breitbart, from here yesterday by John E.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at October 08, 2012 04:31 PM (bxiXv)

136 I wonder what the traffic stats are, between Obama.com and BarackObama.com (official site):

per http://www.trafficestimate.com

BarackObama.com – towards 9 million hits a month
Obama.com – site no longer exists

per Alexa.com

BarackObama.com – #1318 globally, #316 us
Obama.com – #378,755 globally, #64,051 us

So, there’s a lot less hits, but still significant.

Posted by: Jay in Ames at October 08, 2012 04:31 PM (i2Lsf)

137

Some retired union guys from NY I know ain't biting on Obama this time around. They freely admit they voted for him in 08'.



Carefully note these guys, because in a few years finding someone who voted for Obama will be like finding someone who voted for Carter, namely, wel nigh impossible.

Hey, somebody voted for these two shitheads, so own up, Dems.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at October 08, 2012 04:32 PM (U+DUu)

138 I've been writing on this topic since 2008.

Let me mention Blue State Digital in particular. I'm pretty sure these guys are up to their collective necks in skulduggery on the fundraising side.

Among other things, these punks were encouraging IP address forgery:

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-donation-site-accepts-spoofed-ip.html

That means one thing, in my opinion: their site was designed to accept illegal donations (structured, foreign, prepaid, etc.).

I think Darrell Issa ought to subpoena BSD's management team immediately and start asking questions.

In fact, I'll SEND him the damn questions to ask.

Posted by: Doug Ross at October 08, 2012 04:35 PM (4q2Kg)

139 It appears Newsweek spiked the story.

Oooh, shocking.

Posted by: Deathknyte at October 08, 2012 04:37 PM (bG/ZN)

140 Daily Beast just put up the story. Perhaps they were waiting to get some response from OFA or some additional color before publishing. It's going to explode now.

Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:40 PM (qe2/V)

141 In fact, I'll SEND him the damn questions to ask.

Posted by: Doug Ross at October 08, 2012 04:35 PM (4q2Kg)


Well? Why not do it now?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at October 08, 2012 04:43 PM (bxiXv)

142 #122
possibly, bit I think they are desperate for money now and went back to the mass unreportable donations scam because their regular donors have deserted them. My husband gets OFA emails and they have been sending incessant emails asking for $3 and $8 donations. Odd numbers. Also I've seen one that asks for $190, just below the reporting threshold.

Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:44 PM (qe2/V)

143 I am also asking anyone I can find to please investigate this as a potentially serious violation of the USA PATRIOT Act. That law REQUIRES banks AND merchants to report suspicious activity that even potentially involves foreign money. Merchants accepting credit cards are also required to get accurate names from purchasers because the processor must check them against government lists of proven or suspected terrorist financiers.


The real political angle that should be played here is that OFA is violating the PATRIOT Act and cannot prove that it is NOT accepting money from terrorists or terrorist fronts.


The Roche thing should be played up to the max as well, especially given the millions OFA has spent bashing Romney for supposedly outsourcing jobs to China.

Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:49 PM (qe2/V)

144 I tried a search and couldn't find any examples of the old coot's name but has anybody pointed out that the Choom Gang's latest end around of existing campaign laws, and the probable lack of any penalty, points out what a fuckhead McRINO was to engage in his Faustian bargain with "his friend" Russ Shitstain to hamstring anybody running for office who cared about following the fucking law? But it gave him lots of good pub from his friends in the MFM as he wiped his senile ass with the Constitution.

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at October 08, 2012 04:51 PM (FYkK7)

145 Here's another "what if": What if turning off the CVV and using a weak AVS allows people to make donations with EBT cards? Or via text messages using their ObamaPhones? Very real possibility that taxpayers funds are being recycled into donations to Obama campaign.

Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:53 PM (qe2/V)

146 The real political angle that should be played here is that OFA is violating the PATRIOT Act and cannot prove that it is NOT accepting money from terrorists or terrorist fronts.

Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:49 PM (qe2/V)


This administration *gave weapons* to terrorists in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Middle East (Libya).

There Are No Laws. That's the game they want to play, they just have NO IDEA how that game ends.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at October 08, 2012 05:00 PM (bxiXv)

147 Newsweek's story is out.

Daily Beast: http://tinyurl.com/93b7yuo

Posted by: crosspatch at October 08, 2012 05:00 PM (AdYoA)

148
So . . Let me get this straight.
If $100 million or MORE came in from FOREIGN donors to the Obama campaign . . . didn't that DISENFRANCHISE my $50 donation to the Romney campaign ??!!
Donations are free speech.My speech was disenfranchised by foreign interests . . . who knows who the hell they were?

Posted by: builderD at October 08, 2012 05:02 PM (hqKI2)

149 1. Win
2. Indict every one involved.

Posted by: MarkD at October 08, 2012 05:10 PM (iYBP2)

150 1. Make election fraud a capital offence.
2. Win.
3. Indict everyone involved.
4. Carry out the sentences publicly.

Fixed.

Posted by: andycanuck at October 08, 2012 05:21 PM (vDl/w)

151 I'm on thread over load......too many and they're all red!

Posted by: Tami at October 08, 2012 05:41 PM (X6akg)

152 That's right. Publish it, you $1 media whore.

Posted by: fluffy at October 08, 2012 05:42 PM (z9HTb)

153 First Black President - ergo, not newsworthy.

If this makes it into next week I'd be surprised. Plus - they did the same damn thing last time and nobody peeped.

For some reason, it's ok for SCOAMT to do this.

Posted by: HtP at October 08, 2012 05:44 PM (jx2j9)

154 150 1. Make election fraud a capital offence.
2. Win.
3. Indict everyone involved.
4. Carry out the sentences publicly.

Fixed.

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I'd say we take off and nuke the political machines from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Posted by: Ellen Ripley at October 08, 2012 05:44 PM (e0xKF)

155 153
First Black President - ergo, not newsworthy.

If this makes it into next week I'd be surprised. Plus - they did the same damn thing last time and nobody peeped.

For some reason, it's ok for SCOAMT to do this.


Posted by: HtP at October 08, 2012 05:44 PM (jx2j9)

It hasn't even made it into this week so far and I doubt it will...

Posted by: Hello, it's just me Donna at October 08, 2012 05:45 PM (9+ccr)

156 1. Make election fraud a capital offence.

Public sector corruption being grounds for execution...that's one Chinese solution I'm not sure Friedman's down with.

I, on the other hand, am starting to warm to it.

Posted by: Brother Cavil presents at October 08, 2012 05:46 PM (GBXon)

157
I'd say we take off and nuke the political machines from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Posted by: Ellen Ripley at October 08, 2012 05:44 PM (e0xKF)


Hey, just reelect Obama and we'll take care of that for you in a year or so. Orbit/container ship, same difference.

Posted by: Iran at October 08, 2012 05:47 PM (ggRof)

158 This topic might excite me more if I understood what the hell is going on, and what it means. Is anybody really going to get excited about some arcane election law technicality? Especially when the wolves are guarding the henhouse (meaning both the legal system and the media)? Please say "yes!"

Posted by: Optimizer at October 08, 2012 05:48 PM (As94z)

159 So, what's the problem?!?

Posted by: DooDad Pro In China at October 08, 2012 05:48 PM (pWeX5)

160 158 This topic might excite me more if I understood what the hell is going on, and what it means. Is anybody really going to get excited about some arcane election law technicality? Especially when the wolves are guarding the henhouse (meaning both the legal system and the media)? Please say "yes!"

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That depends on how you look at things.

If I were Robert Roche, I wouldn't be going to Fort Marcy Park anytime soon. Especially if subpoenas start flying over this shit.

Roche may decide he doesn't want to re-enter the US ever again.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at October 08, 2012 05:51 PM (e0xKF)

161 The Balls!

Posted by: garrett at October 08, 2012 05:52 PM (tL2LK)

162 Is this a repost or a flash back from bad dope I took in the 70s?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 05:52 PM (j1gX1)

163 This would be a huge scandal if you replaced the word "Obama" with the word "Romney". Otherwise, nope the yawn you hear is about it.

Posted by: Jolly Roger at October 08, 2012 05:54 PM (t06LC)

164 162
Is this a repost or a flash back from bad dope I took in the 70s?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at October 08, 2012 05:52 PM (j1gX1)

A re-post with an update that it indeed was published. Don't think it will make much of a difference though...

Posted by: Hello, it's just me Donna at October 08, 2012 05:55 PM (9+ccr)

165 Nontroversy!!!!!11!!!!!1!!!

Posted by: CJ at October 08, 2012 05:55 PM (V/U0X)

166
My best guess is they are running custom 301 redirect scripts through an htaccess file. They appear to have missed redirecting some of these older pages.

That's a dumbass way of doing it. netcraft.com shows the donate.barackobama website as running on linux, currently with an "unknown" webserver (probably apache).

So, not only is that a dumbass way of doing it - it is much simpler to change the DNS record and have it go to the contribute.barackobama site directly and use a rewrite to point queries to the right location - but sloppy (oh, you don't say?) and probably malicious so that at least parts of the original site stay active.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie ® at October 08, 2012 05:55 PM (1hM1d)

167 158 This topic might excite me more if I understood what the hell is going on, and what it means. Is anybody really going to get excited about some arcane election law technicality?

Yes.
If we simplify it...and call it what it is.

Money Laundering.

They are *not using* the normal credit card verification process.
Why?
Why would they do this?

The only thing that makes sense....is Money Laundering.
They're laundering illegal campaign donations.

Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 05:57 PM (l5RhJ)

168 Is anybody really going to get excited about some arcane election law technicality?

Yeah, who cares if people in nations it's illegal to export military technology to because they'll use it against us influence our elections? We're all citizens of the world and shit.

(I'm sure this Roche fucker gets his absentee ballot on time...*spit*)

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at October 08, 2012 05:58 PM (/kI1Q)

169 The only thing that makes sense....is Money Laundering.

They're laundering illegal campaign donations.



Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 05:57 PM (l5RhJ)

Gee, that 181 million dollar month doesn't look so unusual now does it?

Posted by: Hello, it's just me Donna at October 08, 2012 05:58 PM (9+ccr)

170 In 1998 i worked for a company selling fax broadcasting and forwarding services. We were unable to make any headway in china, because it was cheaper for Chinese business to hire people to manually punch buttons on a fax machine than to automate the process.

Imagine a boiler room where 200 Chinese college students browse to Obama.com, and donate $20 with a credit card number auto generated by a Chinese state bank.
Over and over and over again, 12 hours a day.
Now think about the recently announced $181 million fundraising total fot Sept, 98% not reportable (less than $25) and none verified . No check made of the nationality or location or even IDENTITY of the donor.

Posted by: Danby at October 08, 2012 05:58 PM (ycVoG)

171 So, are we thinking the Chinese government is donating massive amounts to the Obama campaign? Using some sort of automated effort (hence the need for a lack of CCV and weak AVS) and thousands of different credit card numbers. These donations would have to be below the minimum ($200), so as to escape the onerous FEC reporting.

Is that what we are thinking? What evidence do we have? We have an established history with this campaign of election donation fraud, record non-reportable donations, massive traffic from a foreign site presumably still controlled by a man thought to be a Chicago corrupt-o-crat, with close relations to the Chinese government. Lots of smoke.

Posted by: MTF at October 08, 2012 06:00 PM (Db6BC)

172 The only thing that makes sense....is Money Laundering.

They're laundering illegal campaign donations.



Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 05:57 PM (l5RhJ)

"Obama campaign site open for money laundering and illegal campaign donations! Unprecedented?"

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at October 08, 2012 06:00 PM (AWmfW)

173 This explains the $3 to have dinner with Barack campaign. To obfuscate all the small illegal donations.

Posted by: Tutu at October 08, 2012 06:02 PM (CpWI4)

174 So, are we thinking the Chinese government is donating massive amounts to the Obama campaign?

No, they need a US economy that is able to buy massive amounts of lead-based products. I would think the Muslim Oil Caliphate has the most to gain from Obama's Residency.

Posted by: t-bird at October 08, 2012 06:03 PM (FcR7P)

175 173
This explains the $3 to have dinner with Barack campaign. To obfuscate all the small illegal donations.

Posted by: Tutu at October 08, 2012 06:02 PM (CpWI4)

Every diversion helps.

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at October 08, 2012 06:04 PM (AWmfW)

176 OT, but OUCH!

[Male Morons will cringe. Linky in nick.]

Posted by: logprof at October 08, 2012 06:04 PM (V/U0X)

177 Now think about the recently announced $181 million
fundraising total fot Sept, 98% not reportable (less than $25) and none
verified . No check made of the nationality or location or even IDENTITY
of the donor.


Posted by: Danby at October 08, 2012 05:58 PM


Yeah, but the tone of the Daily Bleat story suggests that Rmoney's campaign -- hell, he personally! -- would do the same if they weren't so damn dumb and if Teh Mutt wasn't so busy lyin' his ass off.

Once again, it's skate-time for Choom Boy. There's not even any sense in saying "if it were any other presidential candidate..." because President Historic First© is above the law, and shouldn't be held to the same standards as lesser beings.

Every day, my desire to see this America-hating fuckweasel impeached, tried and jailed for his felonies. Not gonna happen, though. Poppin' Fresh would call it Bad Optics to make the slimy jerk obey the law.

Posted by: MrScribbler at October 08, 2012 06:04 PM (ZgX/g)

178 Iam Nota Merican donated $0.02 to the Obama Campaign from North Korea! Who says something's wrong with the software? Works really slick, if you ask me.

Posted by: Iam Nota Merican at October 08, 2012 06:05 PM (ndlFj)

179 are we at the Media Tipping point ?

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 06:05 PM (ck76k)

180 Here's another "what if": What if turning off the CVV and using a weak AVS allows people to make donations with EBT cards? Or via text messages using their ObamaPhones? Very real possibility that taxpayers funds are being recycled into donations to Obama campaign.
Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:53 PM (qe2/V)

Rockmom in for the kill.

Posted by: Tattoo De Plane at October 08, 2012 06:06 PM (i0vBR)

181 Hey, they had to come up with that 181 millon dollars, raised in September, from somewhere.

Posted by: Things DemocRats Do To Get Re-Elected at October 08, 2012 06:07 PM (aKgJG)

182 he can become Chinese & change his Huan-Huang Low

Posted by: Evilpens at October 08, 2012 06:07 PM (ck76k)

183 And isn't it just really odd that the 98% small contributors were all NEW contributors - they had never donated before, not in 2008, 2010, etc. There are that many people that were suddenly taken with Baracka this month?

Posted by: jcp370@gmail.com at October 08, 2012 06:08 PM (48+2q)

184 Nothing to see here. MOVE ALONG!

Posted by: DOODAD at October 08, 2012 06:08 PM (ovpNn)

185 183
And isn't it just really odd that the 98% small contributors were all
NEW contributors - they had never donated before, not in 2008, 2010,
etc. There are that many people that were suddenly taken with Baracka
this month?


Posted by: jcp370@gmail.com at October 08, 2012 06:08 PM (48+2q)
Muslim Brotherhood just discovered internet donations bro.

Posted by: DOODAD at October 08, 2012 06:08 PM (ovpNn)

186 I am guessing this is the watered down Newsweek story. This is not the story people were scared of. Perhaps it the rumor mill just got out of control again.

Posted by: Tommy V at October 08, 2012 06:09 PM (ZYlKz)

187 the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card.

This is kinda important for peeps that place orders over the Internet. Anyone can guess at a credit card number and eventually succeed -- and guess your actual number. But without your actual credit/debit card in their possession they will FAIL. Basic caution on your part is to back out of a transaction if it is NOT requested. Don't make it easy on thieves and con artists. Punish the merchants who assist the bastids by taking your bizness elsewhere.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at October 08, 2012 06:09 PM (feFL6)

188 Fish gotta swim; birds gonna fly; and Dems gonna cheat.

Posted by: logprof at October 08, 2012 06:10 PM (V/U0X)

189 @179...A few more Marinesmight capsize the media.

Posted by: Rep. Hank Johnson at October 08, 2012 06:10 PM (aKgJG)

190 189
@179...A few more Marinesmight capsize the media.

Posted by: Rep. Hank Johnson at October 08, 2012 06:10 PM (aKgJG)


Can they help me find the American flag on Mars?

Posted by: Sheila Jackson Lee at October 08, 2012 06:12 PM (/YJYi)

191 Nothing here, move along.

Posted by: MSM Spin doctors at October 08, 2012 06:13 PM (wR+pz)

192 145
Here's another "what if": What if turning off the CVV and using a weak
AVS allows people to make donations with EBT cards? Or via text
messages using their ObamaPhones? Very real possibility that taxpayers
funds are being recycled into donations to Obama campaign.

Posted by: rockmom at October 08, 2012 04:53 PM (qe2/V)

JP Morgan runs the EBT cards. Peter Schweizer has a piece about that too in the daily beast .

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at October 08, 2012 06:13 PM (AWmfW)

193 Newsweek is nowhere near as hard hitting.

But, at least it's a liberal outlet.

Posted by: misc at October 08, 2012 06:14 PM (LpQbZ)

194 Hey, dumbass sports talking heads, stop perpetuating the lie that the Chiefs fans were cheering Cassel getting injured. Dig a little, idiots.

Just goes to show that sports "reporters" are C-average journalism and English majors. When you consider how stupid journalism and English majors are, that's saying something.

Posted by: logprof at October 08, 2012 06:14 PM (V/U0X)

195 This post is like a bad penny.

Posted by: soothsayer at October 08, 2012 06:14 PM (ZgBZU)

196 My life could potentially be made complete. The UK Daily Mail is reporting that Kate Upton might be the next Bond Girl?

Posted by: Truck Monkey at October 08, 2012 06:16 PM (jucos)

197 I agree, rockmom.

Money laundering is the real reason for all gubmint largesse: stimulus, DOE loans, EBT cards, and especially gubmint union dues.

I know for a fact (after a lawsuit) that 80% of my "dues" were being used for campaign contributions, and of that 95% was to Dems.

Posted by: PJ at October 08, 2012 06:18 PM (DQHjw)

198 21
Recalling the shenanigans from 2008, has anyone looked at specific
donations (like $67.23) and done an FX calculation that says it matches a
50.00 GBP donation on that day. (No one donates $xx.23 to a campaign
unless there are foreign currencies involved.)

I recall this analysis was done in '08 by some blogs but the media never covered it.


Posted by: Tonic Dog at October 08, 2012 03:46 PM (X/+QT)


Hillary Clinton was doing this. Bammer was too, it just wasn't as prominent in the news.

Remember the Shue bundlers? I believe that's where it all came out.

Posted by: Full Pint at October 08, 2012 06:19 PM (7g1yh)

199 Could they possibly have scrubbed this any more? No mention of 0bama until almost halfway through the article, much less the headline. If this were associated with a Republican campaign, it would be all bold caps headline implicating the candidate with personally laundering campaign cash.

Posted by: Matt at October 08, 2012 06:19 PM (ljiM/)

200 This scandal will resonate with people looking for a reason to change their vote from Obama to Romney.

And where's the chicken choking clock?

Posted by: USA at October 08, 2012 06:26 PM (RIg+t)

201 198....Hillary Clinton was doing this. Bammer was too, it just wasn't as prominent in the news.Remember the Shue bundlers? I believe that's where it all came out.

The Shue thing was for a small amount, though...and they returned it.
Which was easy enough to do, because it was about $150K, wasn't it?

The Clintons were laundering illegal campaign donations through Hillary's law firm....the Rose Law Firm.

But the media would never call it what it was....Money Laundering.
They called it..."billing discrepancies"...and got away with it.

In 2008, they dismissed Barky's massive unexplained donations...as "discrepancies" too...and so it never got legs.

The key to making this an Issue, is to call it what it is.

Money Laundering.

Because that's exactly what it is.

Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 06:28 PM (l5RhJ)

202
Most.Corrupt.Administration.Ever.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at October 08, 2012 06:30 PM (vbh31)

203 I believe last tuesday or wednesday someone was running around posting that this was going to break on friday or monday, on all the conspiracy sites.

I figured the story would never break because by posting on the conspiracy sites they are letting everyone know about it and it could easily be squelched. It's surprising that it came out at all.

Posted by: pray for peace at October 08, 2012 06:37 PM (oZfic)

204 One thing is for sure, if you wanted to commit campaign donation fraud with the help of foreign, and possibly Communist Chinese, donors, you would do what Obama is doing.

Posted by: The Political Hat at October 08, 2012 06:40 PM (XvHmy)

205 201
198....Hillary Clinton was doing this. Bammer was too, it just wasn't
as prominent in the news.Remember the Shue bundlers? I believe that's
where it all came out.



The Shue thing was for a small amount, though...and they returned it.

Which was easy enough to do, because it was about $150K, wasn't it?



The Clintons were laundering illegal campaign donations through Hillary's law firm....the Rose Law Firm.



But the media would never call it what it was....Money Laundering.

They called it..."billing discrepancies"...and got away with it.



In 2008, they dismissed Barky's massive unexplained donations...as "discrepancies" too...and so it never got legs.



The key to making this an Issue, is to call it what it is.



Money Laundering.



Because that's exactly what it is.



Posted by: wheatie at October 08, 2012 06:28 PM (l5RhJ)

Yes, wheatie, that was my point. Once obama learned that hillary did it, and not much was made of it, he notched it up to eleventy!!! Hillary got caught at it. Zero didn't so therefore he could continue. Hill wasn't prosecuted. Didn't mater if it was illegal or not. No matter the amount, or if it was returned, (it wasn't, it was just funneled). It was a way for Zero to figure out his next move for this election.



Posted by: Full Pint at October 08, 2012 06:42 PM (7g1yh)

206 President of the World.


"There is also evidence that the Obama campaign went out of their way to avoid using web-standard verification to confirm donations."

But of course. Racism...

"GAI notes that the Obama campaign’s failure to use such security measures in its online donation system likely costs it “millions of dollars in additional fees” because “card processors charge higher transaction fees for campaigns that fail to use the CVV."

Got to spend money to make money.

"The reason why this report is not what I was expecting, is that it stops here."

It would be racist to go any further. Racist and bad for Obama and Leftists in general.

"What was odd was that there was verification for Obama's web store, but not to donate."

Priorities.

"According to an October 2008 Washington Post article, Mary Biskup of Missouri appeared to give more than $170,000 in small donations to the 2008 Obama campaign."

Seems legit to me.

"Some other contributor gave the donations using her name, without her knowledge."

Leftists? Never.

Their fanatical atheism keeps them honest...

"The Obama campaign explained to the Post that it caught the donations and returned them."

But of course.

See?

"The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year."

But of course. They're all racists.

"The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors."

There you go. Racism.

"Obama has no problem with this scenario as far as donations, though!"

Priorities.

"What about all those Obama supporters who are "discouraged" from purchasing merchandise due to the CCV requirement? What about them?"

They don't matter. Not enough anyways.

"We also focused on the Obama campaign because it is far more successful than Romney when it comes to small donors"

But of course.

"Nearly all of that amount (98 percent) came from small donations, through 1.8 million transactions."

But of course.

"The Obama campaign says that it is rigorous in its self-regulation effort."

But of course.

"But not rigorous enough to add easy, automated, standard verification step in its accumulation of donations."

That would be racist...

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 08, 2012 06:51 PM (boomF)

207 My prediction: as this turns up a smoking gun and turns into a full blown scandal, it's revealed a lot of this 'record fundraising' Obama did on-line the past 2 months is in fact HIS OWN BUNDLERS SENDING HIS GREEN TECH $ BACK TO HIM via foreign sources.

A large chunk of that Stimulus bill in 2009 was actually a SLUSH FUND using OUR OWN TAX DOLLARS.

And now it's making it way to Obama's pockets just when he needs it most.

Posted by: drawandstrike at October 08, 2012 06:52 PM (uVLJc)

208 207

Obama/Leftists? Never.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 08, 2012 06:53 PM (boomF)

209 It is pure racism against brown and yellow people to insist that they cannot contribute to electing and re-electing the multiracial leader of the world. Barack Obama will tear down the walls of racism and hate. The unity of mankind is at hand. All must give to ensure this happens.

Posted by: Mary Cloggenstein from Brattleboro, VT at October 08, 2012 07:23 PM (dqSmk)

210 Interesting coincidence:

Akamai was co-founded by former Israeli Special Forces badass Daniel Lewin.

He died on AA-11 on 9/11.

Posted by: Nukie at October 08, 2012 07:29 PM (6ll+l)

211 Wow.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky, unbanned, ready to get this done at October 08, 2012 08:57 PM (baL2B)

212 Iirc, Akamai is actually a web caching service, lowering hops to content.

Fwiw.

Posted by: LiveFreeOrDie at October 08, 2012 09:51 PM (sd5VA)

213 I'm sure this story will somehow gain more traction this time than it did when Pam Gellar's headlights were guiding the train in 2004. Or not.

Posted by: Paul Kroenke at October 08, 2012 11:44 PM (UQ27y)

214 Ooops...2008

Posted by: Paul Kroenke at October 08, 2012 11:46 PM (UQ27y)






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