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Mainstream Media Ignores Potential Fraud In Obama Fundraising

Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!

On October 1, TMR reported on a NewsMax article by Keith Timmerman that pointed out the potential for massive fundraising fraud in the Obama Campaign. From that report:

A Newsmax analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25.

In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375.

Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950, still well over the $4,600 limit.

The numbers for Mr Pro are even more questionable.

Similarly, a donor identified as Pro, Doodad, from Nando, NY, gave $19,500 in 786 separate donations, most of them for $25. For most of these donations, Mr. Doodad Pro listed his employer as ‘Loving’ and his profession as ‘You,’ just as Good Will had done.

But in some of them, he didn’t even go this far, apparently picking letters at random to fill in the blanks on the credit card donation form. In these cases, he said he was employed by VCX and that his profession was VCVC.

Following FEC requests, the Obama campaign began refunding money to Doodad Pro )in February 2008. In all, about $8,425 was charged back to a credit card. But that still left a net total of $11,165 as of Sept. 20, way over the individual limit of $4,600.

Well, the Mainstream Media has examined the evidence, and chosen to sweep it under the rug. From the New York Times news service we get this headline: Bogus Campaign Donors Raise Questions on Obama Fundraising

Alright, you might say, the MSM has taken up this story and will expose the fraud. In the words of a popular car rental commercial; Not Exactly!

Note the two anonymous donors mentioned above in the NewsMax article. No mention of those two contributors who combined for nearly $38,000 of illegal contributions between them. Instead, the Times looks at:

Last December, somebody using the name “Test Person,” from “Some Place, UT” made a series of contributions, the largest being $764, to Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign totaling $2,410.07.

Someone else identifying himself as “Jockim Alberton,” from 1581 Leroy Ave. in Wilmington, Del., began giving to Obama last November, contributing $10 and $25 at a time for a total of $445 through the end of February.

The Times, and therefore all of the other MSM outlets that reprint word-for-word what the Times puts out, makes it a point of letting the readers to understand that these illegal contributions “represent a tiny fraction of the record $450 million Obama has raised.” And, of course, the Times makes sure to point out that there are some questionable contributions to Sen McCain as well, although he has raised less than half of what has been raised by Sen Obama.

Move along folks, nothing to see here. Move along!

There is no evidence that questionable contributions amount to anything more than a )small portion of Obama’s fundraising haul. The Times’ analysis, conducted over just a )few days and looking for obvious anomalies, like names with all consonants, )identified about $40,000 in contributions from people that appeared not to exist. And )these donations had not been refunded by the campaign as of its last filing with the )Federal Election Commission in September.

Why, if I had not read NewsMax I would never know about the $34 million from overseas donations — donations from such destinations as Iran, China or the United Kingdom. The Times makes no mention of those questionable donations.

And finally, of course, the Times explains it all away as new technology, and not anything in any way indicative of the campaign.

Although campaigns have long wrestled to some degree with questionable donations, )Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, said the )record-setting number of new donors Obama has drawn, many of them online, presents )obvious new challenges to a compliance system that remains stuck in the past.

It is truly sad what the Old Gray Lady has become. “All The News That’s Fit To Print” was once the proud motto of the New York Times. Today it is little more than a shill for the DNC and the Obama Campaign. And the rest of the Mainstream Media can claim to be no better.

Originally posted at The Minority Report

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