This Powerline story seems big to me---is it?
Is the Obama campaign knowingly receiving illegal contributions? Yesterday one of our readers reported the results of an experiment he conducted.
From "Who is John Galt"
I've read recent reports of the Obama campaign receiving donations from dubious names and foreign locales and it got me wondering: How is this possible?I run a small Internet business and when I process credit cards I'm required to make sure the name on the card exactly matches the name of the customer making the purchase. Also, the purchaser's address must match that of the cardholders. If these don't match, then the payment isn't approved. Period. So how is it possible that the Obama campaign could receive donations from fictional people and places? Well, I decided to do a little experiment. I went to the Obama campaign website and entered the following:Name: John GaltAddress: 1957 Ayn Rand LaneCity: Galts GulchState: COZip: 99999Then I checked the box next to $15 and entered my actual credit card number and expiration date (it didn't ask for the 3-didgit code on the back of the card) and it took me to the next page and... "Your donation has been processed. Thank you for your generous gift."This simply should not, and could not, happen in any business or any campaign that is honestly trying to vet it's donors. Also, I don't see how this could possibly happen without the collusion of the credit card companies. They simply wouldn't allow any business to process, potentially, hundreds of millions in credit card transactions where the name on the card doesn't match the purchasers name. In short, with the system set up as it is by the Obama camp, an individual could donate unlimited amounts of money by simply making up fake names and addresses. And Obama is doing his best to facilitate this fraud. This is truly scandalous.
Galt tried the same thing on the McCain campaign website; it wouldn't let him make the contribution.
Galt then went back to the Obama website, and made donations with the same credit card on behalf of Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Bill Ayers. Obama's website accepted all of them.
How are the credit card companies going to absorb this loss, without passing the costs on to us?
(Notice I didn't even mention the fact that this is most likely illegal and grossly unethical. This IS the candidate of Daily Kos and Moveon.Org, after all).
This is something that, if it is indeed very very serious, that should be able to resonate with the Sixpack family in the twelve days we have left until election day.