Hollie McKay reports for Fox News, Sept. 13, 2020, that Take Back Action Fund (TBAF), a conservative nonprofit political group, is raising “serious concerns” about millions of donations reported by a major Democratic fundraising platform.
A computer analysis by TBAF found that nearly half of all 2019 donations (48.4%) and a little over half of January-August 2020 donations (50.1%) to Democrat PAC ActBlue were made by people claiming to be unemployed and not having an employer.
In contrast, TBAF found that only 4% of 2019 donations and 5.6% of the Jan.-August 2020 donations to the Republican Party’s fundraising platform WinRed came from people who did not list an employer or were unemployed. WinRed was created last year to counter ActBlue.
The contrast between donations to Biden vs. those to Trump is even starker. Whereas, 49.6% of donations to Biden came from the “unemployed”, only 2.6% of donations to Trump were from the allegedly “unemployed”.
TBAF President John Pudner explains why the large number of donations from “unemployed” people is a red flag that they may be illicit contributions (“straw donors”) from foreign interests attempting to influence U.S. elections:
“The name of employers must be disclosed when making political donations, but more than 4.7 million donations [to ActBlue in 2019] came from people who claimed they did not have an employer. Those 4.7 million donations totaled $346 million ActBlue raised and sent to liberal causes. It is hard to believe that at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate was less than 4 percent, that unemployed people had $346 million dollars to send to ActBlue for liberal causes. 4.7 million donations from people without a job … raised serious concerns.”
In response to questions by Fox News, a representative for ActBlue refused to share information about how they analyze contributions, and insisted that “we use an array of data sources, internal validation and third-party services to verify the validity of transactions,” and that many of its donations came from retirees and people who aren’t counted as employed, such as homemakers.
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ActBlue, created in 2004, bills itself as a “powerful online fundraising platform available to Democratic candidates and committees, progressive organizations, and nonprofits that share our values for no cost besides a 3.95% processing fee on donations. And we operate as a conduit, which means donations made through ActBlue to a campaign or organization are considered individual donations.”
But the ActBlue website allows credit card donations that are not verified, so anyone from any country in the world can donate without a paper trail.
In fact, the issue of unauthenticated political donations via allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards which could be used to mask a donor’s identity, and to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give was also brought to light by The Washington Post in 2008.
Pudner said: “ActBlue‘s insistence on refusing to allow banks to verify their donations is an invitation to foreign programmers or others to send money through them using fake American names, and we encourage them to start letting banks verify the identity of donors to stop the potential for millions of dollars to influence our election. We found it took other vendors only a matter of hours to switch their system to allow verification of donations and thus prevent the possibility of illegal foreign money being moved into campaigns. Choosing to use an untraceable system has a higher cost in terms of the risk of credit card fraud and also tends to incur higher bank fees. And this untraceable system allows someone with a gift card to make donations in anyone’s name, even if that person never actually made that donation, or even if that person doesn’t exist at all.“
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News that “China poses a greater national security threat to the U.S. than any other nation. That includes threats of election influence and interference.” On August 19, 2020, the daily newspaper Global Times, which is a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, endorsed Joe Biden for President. (Gateway Pundit)