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It’s happened, again.
Fictitious people are donating to the Obama election campaign. Again.
In 2008, it was Disney cartoon figure Mickey Mouse who donated $2,000 to the Obama campaign.
In 2012, it’s a dead man, Osama bin Laden, who’s donating to the Obama reelection campaign. Osama supposedly was killed on May 1, 2011, by Navy SEALS Team 6, and given a sea burial by the USS Carl Vinson.
Aaron Klein reports for WND, Oct. 30, 2012, that WND found a clever way to demonstrate how porous the Obama campaign is to illegal foreign donations.
Using a Pakistani Internet Protocol and proxy server, a disposable credit card and a fake address, “Osama bin Laden” has successfully donated twice to Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The “Bin Laden” donations were actually made by WND staff, included a listed occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.”
“Bin Laden” is currently set up on the official campaign website to contribute more to Obama’s campaign. The name is also registered as a volunteer.
Since the “foreign” contribution was sent, “Bin Laden’s” email address has received several solicitations from Obama’s campaign asking for more donations.
The apparently foreign-based contributions were conducted as a test after a flurry of media reports described the ability of foreigners to donate to the Obama campaign but not to Mitt Romney’s site, which has placed safeguards against such efforts.
The acceptance of foreign contributions is strictly illegal under U.S. campaign finance law.
Even though WND did not conceal the source of its “Osama bin Laden” donation being a foreign source — from Pakistan, using a confirmed Pakistani IP address and proxy server — the Obama campaign accepted the illicit donation.
Upon clicking the “donate” button, WND staff selected the $15 amount and were taken to a page on the campaign website asking for a first and last name, city, state, zip code, email address and phone number.
The information submitted was: “Osama bin Laden, 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, CA 91101.” The website only has options for U.S. states and zip codes, and there is no mechanism in place on Obama’s website to verify the individual is actually located in that state or zip code, or even in the U.S.
After clicking “next,” the website asked for an employer, occupation and a password to set up future donations. WND staff entered the occupation as “deceased terror chief” and the employer as “al-Qaida.”
The transaction was made last Friday with the use of a disposable credit card. The website did not require the card’s security code.
Screenshot from BarackObama.com
The Obama campaign website immediately accepted the contribution even though it was made from a Pakistani IP address and despite the nonexistent street name and city information.
An automated email was immediately sent from Rufus Gifford, national finance director of Obama for America, thanking “Osama” for the contribution. The $15 was debited from the disposable card.
To test if the first donation was an oversight, WND then made a second donation of $5 the following day using the “Bin Laden” account and the same Pakistani IP address.
Screenshot of Pakistani IP address
WND has received confirmation from the credit card company that the purchase went through and the $5 was deducted from the disposable card.
From the time of the first donation until today, the Obama campaign sent nine more emails to the bin Laden Gmail account soliciting more donations. One email signed by Michelle Obama was titled “Barack is getting outraised. You’re one of the campaign’s most committed supporters. Please make a donation of $19 or whatever you can today.”
The donations from a Pakistani IP address are sure to raise further questions about the measures in place to block such donations.
Cleta Mitchell, a Republican campaign finance attorney, told WND there were many documented cases of illegal foreign contributions to the Obama campaign in 2008 that were “wholly ignored by the Federal Election Commission and the Obama Department of Justice. I have been hearing the same stories from many sources during this campaign as well. Every other campaign has safeguards against these illegal transactions – every campaign except the Obama campaign.”
In 2008, WND reported two Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip donated $29,521.54 to Obama’s first presidential campaign. After the report, the campaign reportedly returned the donations.
Last week, the New York Post reported a British citizen, Chris Walker, was able to make two $5 donations through Obama’s campaign website, while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney online funds was rejected.
The Post noted how the Federal Election Commission posted data showing Obama’s campaign took in more than $2 million from donors who provided no ZIP code or incomplete ZIP codes.
The non-profit Government Accountability Institute recently released a report alleging Obama’s campaign had solicited foreigners for political donations through its social media websites. As the Daily Caller reported, a statement accompanied the GAI’s report from former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia noting that 68% of traffic to BarackObama.com comes from foreign users, all of whom are redirected to a fundraising page operated by the president’s re-election campaign. Obama.com was registered in September 2008 to Robert Roche, an Obama campaign bundler living in Shanghai, China.
WND is preparing an affidavit for the Federal Elections Commission and the FBI on the illegal donation accepted by the Obama campaign.