Dubious donations: A case study
We have been following the Obama campaign’s invitation of fraudulent and illegal giving through the disabling of basic credit card/debit card verification devices. We have done so in the hope that it might arouse the interest of the mainstream media sufficiently to cause them to ask a few question of the powers-that-be in the Obama campaign.
It’s a rerun of a story that originated in 2008. Love may be lovelier the second time around, but not fraud. The best that can be said is that it’s more audacious than hope. When Obama can count on his allies in the mainstream media to avert their eyes, however, it’s not even that audacious.
I first wrote about the Obama campaign fundraising operation in the October 2008 New York Post column “Dubious donations.” The Post subhead observed: “Bam’s Web site invites fraud.”
The Washington Post reported on the matter two days later in the story “Obama accepting untraceable donations,” by Matthew Mosk. Mosk quoted Obama campaign officials on their practices. According to them, everything was copacetic.
It having worked so well the first time around, and it having excited so little interest among the mainstream media, Obama is doing it again. So we have reported in the series of posts beginning with “Dubious donations (2012 edition).” There is a story here, but you’d never know it if you get your news from the mainstream media.
In his Washington Examiner column last week, also posted here at NRO, Michael Barone picked up the scent. Still, the story remains something of a secret known only to political obsessives consuming news on the Internet.