This stinks -- why doesn't anyone go after the Obama campaign on this?! This is breaking the law. This is being "above the law". Forget Bill Ayers, forget ACORN, DON'T forget the whole "spreading the wealth" attack!, DON'T let up on Obama for not giving a damn that his surrogates and Democrats attack McCain and Palin as if they are George Wallace (and the similar creepiness), but add this troubling news to the speeches and statements. Worth it, isn't it?!!
Illegal foreign contributions are flooding into Obama's campaign ... Senator Obama refuses to divulge the names of all of his donors. ... Spokesperson David Axelrod said, "We're probably more forthcoming about disclosure than anyone." ... Not true. ... John McCain has had problems of his own [but] ... McCain does publish the names of all donors to his presidential campaign on his Internet site.
Judicial Watch Calls on Barack Obama to Disclose Names of Donors
Written by Tom Fitten
Last week, I told you about allegations of massive voter fraud involving ACORN, a radical leftist organization with deep ties to Senator Barack Obama. (At last count, I believe authorities are investigating voter fraud allegations against ACORN in 14 states. Now, the FBI is also investigating.) But so far, another scandal involving the Obama campaign has flown a bit under the radar. And it is equally disturbing. According to The Associated Press:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has raised about $3.3 million from contributors who did not list a home state or who designated their state with an abbreviation that did not match one of the 50 states or U.S. territories, according to records provided by the Federal Election Commission…
The $3.3 million total does not include donors who have given less than $200 and whose contributions do not have to be itemized. Some of that money could also have come from overseas. About half of Obama's $455 million in contributions so far are unitemized. The campaign does not identify those donors.
In other words, while the evidence suggests illegal foreign contributions are flooding into Obama's campaign coffers, we have no idea as to the extent of the problem because Senator Obama refuses to divulge the names of all of his donors. When asked about the decision to keep these donor names secret, Obama campaign spokesperson David Axelrod said, "We're probably more forthcoming about disclosure than anyone."
While John McCain has had problems of his own for allegedly accepting foreign donations - see Judicial Watch FEC complaint here - to his credit, Senator McCain does publish the names of all donors to his presidential campaign on his Internet site, regardless of the size of the contribution.
Here's the bottom line: The Obama campaign appears to be playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws and it has to stop. The FEC should immediately investigate these allegations. And, of course, in the interest of transparency, the Obama campaign should publicly list the source of every single campaign contribution. Frankly, it is suspicious that these names have not already been made public.
There is something deeply unsettling about the fact that foreign nationals can so easily corrupt our presidential election through illegal contributions, while American service men and women stationed overseas may be deprived of the opportunity to even vote (see above).
This needs to enter the campaign speeches, don't you think? To hide the money sources means the campaign is hiding a whole lot more about the money. Why, pray tell, WHY is this only NOW coming out? To add to my shock, I am not hearing about this on TV news; the Houston Chronicle site had a link to it -- the Judicial Watch statement. Where else is it? It should be coming out of the mouths of GOP campaigners, true?
I don't understand the major malfunction -- Obama's campaign is all over themselves about race-baiting this, negative campaign that, and lookee -- for Obama's team it is all about the money. (I don't mean saving our money, either: not watching our tax dollars and the nation's economy.) That's their dirtiest little secret, it would appear.
Secrecy and money are not savory friends. ESPECIALLY in politics. Isn't this a free country? Isn't this a place where politicians have been expected to divulge donors -- for a long time? The cronyism and "boss" systems mostly pushed out for something that better resembles the democracy the Founding Fathers preferred? I know Obama is from the political world of Chicago, but this is not Chicago, but national and world politics.
In Chicago, Democratic influentials have openly have said that they saw great things for Obama and thus kept him away from anything (their word!) "controversial." Oh, boy. Obama has a short-time national career, still hiding from controversy, and then becomes president? Please, no!
He is driven NOT by an ambition to serve, but by BLIND AMBITION. That's it. How else does he get a party to dump a Clinton or a longtime senator like Edwards (the naughty boy : ) ) and throw him up to the top as "the ONE"? He won the primary fair and square, true. But what about the machinations that kept him out of anything controversial in Illinois State Senate? The fog of campaigns: it is like the fog of war. Creepy.
So? Stealing the election with money, is he? In more ways than one, I should note -- mighty expert way that Congressional leaders have dumped the whole bag of the mortgage crisis on the Executive Branch. So, the money crisis and the moneybags are all in Obama's favor, and who's he doing any favors for? We'll never know, since he won't divulge the names of his benefactors to the White House. IF he wins.
Obama cannot win! ... Pelosi, Reid and Obama, this is a triumvirate I want nowhere near tax money! We already have enough problems with taxes and spending. It is time to stop the "war on the middle class" -- but it makes no sense to go from that to a war on reinvestment in small businesses. That's what Obama will offer with his tax approach, which is guaranteed to be the Pelosi and Reid approach, too.
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