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Why So Many < $201 Obama Donations?

From a press release by George Washington University’s Campaign Finance Institute:

REALITY CHECK: Obama Received About the Same Percentage from Small Donors in 2008 as Bush in 2004

11/24/2008

Obama also raised 80% more from large donors than small, outstripping all rivals and predecessors

It turns out that Barack Obama’s donors may not have been quite as different as we had thought. Throughout the election season, this organization and others have been reporting that Obama received about half of his discrete contributions in amounts of $200 or less. The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) noted in past releases that donations are not the same as donors, since many people give more than once. After a more thorough analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), it has become clear that repeaters and large donors were even more important for Obama than we or other analysts had fully appreciated…

To look more fully at presidential candidates’ fundraising during this cycle, CFI conducted an extensive analysis of FEC records to identify repeat donors and to categorize each donor’s giving according to the cumulative amount he or she gave over the course of a full election cycle.

Although an unusually high percentage (49%) of Obama’s funds came in discrete contributions of $200 or less (see Table 3), only 26% of his money through August 31 (and 24% of his funds through October 15, according to the most recent FEC reports) came from donors whose total contributions aggregated to $200 or less. Obama’s 26% compares to 25% for George W. Bush in 2004, 20% for John Kerry in 2004, 21% for John McCain in 2008, 13% for Hillary Clinton in 2008, and 38% for Howard Dean in 2004.

After merging the donor records, combining multiple records from those who gave more than one disclosed contribution, CFI concluded that about 403,000 different people had given enough money (more than $200) by August 31 to have their names disclosed. This increased to about 580,000 by October 15. By comparison, CFI found that about 475,000 discrete donors gave disclosed contributions to all candidates combined in 2003-2004.

Obama raised 27% of his money from people whose aggregated contributions fell in a middle range ($201-$999). John Kerry, who also relied on Internet fundraising after clinching the nomination, raised an almost comparable 24% from mid-range donors. McCain’s mid-range supplied 20% of his total. Bush received only 13% from this group.

Many of the repeat donors who started off small ended up in the $201-$999 middle range. Among Obama’s total pool of 403,000 disclosed donors on August 31, more than half (about 212,000) started off by giving undisclosed contributions of $200 or less. About 93,000 of these repeaters gave in cumulative amounts of no more than $400 for the full primary season. Another 106,000 repeaters ended up between $401 and $999. By comparison, Clinton and McCain each had about 100,000 donors in the entire $201-$999 middle range, and for them the number included both repeaters and one-time givers…

We know less about people who stayed at $200 or below because $201 is the trigger for FEC disclosure. Obama’s staff says that more than 3 million people contributed to his campaign. We cannot verify this number independently but we consider it to be plausible…

None of these findings denies the importance of either Obama’s appeal to repeat donors or his innovative use of online social networking tools to interweave appeals for contributions and critically important campaign volunteers. In particular, Obama did attract repeaters who have not been part of the traditional large-dollar, reception-attending fundraising crowd. The fact is that Obama’s financial juggernaut broke records at all contribution levels. The reality does not match the myth, but the reality itself was impressive.

It’s a bit hard to follow the point of this study. But, despite reports to the contrary, Mr. Obama got contributions from “small donors” who only gave $200 or less at nearly the same rate that other candidates have in the past.

The big difference is that so many of Obama’s supporters gave him numerous contributions of $200 or less. Donors who ended up giving him more than $201.

It turns out that Obama got a far greater number of such “repeat” contributors than anyone ever has since such records have been kept.

Why is that?

As the article notes, $201 is the trigger for FEC disclosure.

Which begs the question: Did a large number of his contributors want to be under the disclosure limit?

Mr. Obama’s very own aunt, Zeituni Onyango, is a prime example. The Obama campaign admits that she gave $260 to her nephew’s campaign (despite it being illegal for illegal aliens to do so).

But because she gave her donations in increments smaller than 200 her contributions do not show up via the FEC search engine, or even Newsmeat’s. Though, oddly enough, they do at Zsa Zsa Huffington’s Fundrace 2008 site.

(Bear in mind, as the article also notes, these numbers are from the Obama campaign itself, since they concern donors who were below the disclosure threshold.)

Still, isn’t the real news from this study that a highly unusual number of donors gave contributions to Obama of more than $201 dollars, but did so in a way to keep from having their names disclosed?

Why did they do that?

Weirdly, the supposedly non-partisan Campaign Finance Institute does not seem curious about that angle at all.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 29th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

43 Responses to “Why So Many < $201 Obama Donations?”

  1. Right2thepoint says:

    The 200.00 limit is related to the total accumulated donations from an individual, not the size of any single donation.

    That is how all the questions started showing up when multiple donors were making 25 dollar donations or similar but crossed over the total of 201.00.

    The stuff over 200 combined has to be included in the FEC submissions even if given at 5 bucks a pop if it tops 201.

  2. Right2thepoint says:

    Another odd issue with the donations reported is a extreme number of donation with dollars and cents amounts.

    482.23 for example.

    The most likely cause for this odd behavior is believed to be related to deductions for a round number donation that was downsized due to fees from foreign currency conversion and /or international credit card usage fees.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    Very good point r2tp, very good point.

    So where do we go from here? Do you really think The One is going to investigate his own campaign cheating?

  4. Steve says:

    “The stuff over 200 combined has to be included in the FEC submissions even if given at 5 bucks a pop if it tops 201.”

    Then why doesn’t Zeituni Onyango’s $260 contribution show up at the FEC search engine?

    Advanced Individual Search
    http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/advindsea.shtml

  5. proreason says:

    Someone should be keeping a record of Obamy’s crimes commited or abetted. Off the top, I count:

    Campaign donor fraud
    Voter fraud
    Accepting bribes (Rezko)
    Drug usage (probably a misdemeanor)
    Drug pushing (which he hasn’t confessed to this)

    No doubt, there are many more.

    Note: I don’t count serial lying as a crime. Otherwise, all the politicians and lawyers would be in jail. Ditto with neglect of family members.

    Special note: misrepresentation of citizenship

    There is nothing this guy wouldn’t do to acquire power.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    First it was Slick Willy
    Now we get Oily Obamy

  7. RightWinger says:

    Of course there is no mention of Obama turning off all the security features on his web site so any terrorist, terrorist sympathizer from the Middle East or some Obama lover from Europe could use a prepaid Visa Card and donate to the campaign like no tomorrow to ensure his victory so anybody could use any fake information they wanted in order to send in multiple contributions.

  8. VMAN says:

    George W wins the election fair and square in 2000 and the libs go insane. The chant goes up “Selected not elected”. He wins handily in 2004 and the libs get more pissed off so they think that they can do whatever they please to win in 08. Lie, cheat, steal it doesn’t make any difference because they were cheated. Will any of this ever be investigated? Probably not but we can hope. The county I live in, in Florida (please no jokes) had 1000 absentee ballots uncounted because we had more candidates for president than I had ever seen, 13. The uncounted ballots marked everyone but Obama for president. These people weren’t sure what to do but they knew they didn’t want Obama. When my wife was at the polls there was a little old man who had voted but he had marked everyone BUT Obama and the ballot was kicked out of the machine. My wife noticed what had happened and tried to help but left before he had completed his second ballot. We saw a friend who was a poll worker and had seen the incident and asked if the little old man had finished voting. We were told that he spoiled 2 other ballots and that 3 was the limit so the little old man did not get to vote. How many times was this repeated all over the USA? We won’t hear about this because it doesn’t support Mr TIBS (The Idiot Bastard Son).

  9. DGA says:

    R2TP’s post brings up something I have wondered about for awhile. I would love to know where these odd amount donations came from, possibly some are from Al Qaida even, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. Set up a spreadsheet with data from USD to other foreign currency amounts, and the days they were valued at the amounts, currency floating up and down as it does, and then have it crosscheck against the listed odd amount donations. Given that most donations are an even amount, you would be able to come up with a country that each donation came from if you had it check in some even multiples.

  10. Media_man says:

    I seem to recall the minor detail of Obama having disabled AVS for credit card donations (Address Verification System) which any reputable merchant uses to detect credit card fraud. McCain had it, Obama chose not to. We don’t know where, who, how much, how often, or much of anything about who contributed to Obama’s massive fund raising. His biggest contributors could have been the PRC or dinnerjacket.

    This is a story screaming for more attention. Where’s The National Enquirer when you need them. One would think some enterprising reporter could make a big splash by blowing the lid off the Obama scam.

    Nobody cares, it seems. It’s hard to believe nobody could run a cross tab on the credit card numbers & start finding out who these people really were.

  11. DGA says:

    Well, the problem is possibly that gift cards were able to be used without the AVS needed, so I can see there being cases where hundreds of thousands of dollars were used to buy $200 gift cards, then sit there for days putting them in the system. Might be something that ACORN lowlifes were tasked to do.

  12. Right2thepoint says:

    Then why doesn’t Zeituni Onyango’s $260 contribution show up at the FEC search engine?

    It takes a pretty good while for them to clear some times and some sites work from the monthly reports instead of the FEC database proper.

    The FEC doesn’t always get things right in their setups.

    For example you are hard pressed to find the Obama for Senate 2010 campaign fund which doesn’t even show up when you do an FEC front end search by candidate name.

    You can only get to it via a link of one of the monthly reports submitted by the Presidential campaign.

  13. Right2thepoint says:

    Very good point r2tp, very good point.

    So where do we go from here? Do you really think The One is going to investigate his own campaign cheating?

    There are a number of us who have worked on campaigns at the state and federal level who know the rules of the donations system.

    We are waiting for the final close out of all the reports and then the crunching and mining of data will start in earnest.

    I already have a number of issues on the current data that don’t hold up.

    The FEC only does the minimum of validation to make sure all the blanks are filled in and that individual caps are not exceeded. That gets complex when you deal with the multiple caps which come into play.

    Single candidate caps
    National party caps
    State party caps
    PAC limits also apply for the individual donors.
    Two year cumulative total caps.

    It isn’t just a simple x bucks for the primary and x bucks for the general , there are a lot of other limits that come into play.

    Sanity checks the FEC does not do are failing at significant rates.

    City,State does not match zip code
    Street does not exist or it is a vacant lot (verified against USPS data base)
    Business address used instead of personal home address
    Total number of donors from a single residential address not a reasonable number (57 at one house)
    Donation amounts not consistent with neighborhood. (One trailer park with 52 mobile homes all single wides in a low income area and 51 of the mobile homes gave over 5000.00 each to the Obama/DNC Joint Victory Fund)
    Street addresses in the middle of a river.

    You get the idea.

  14. Right2thepoint says:

    Proreason

    Believe it or not there are very very few laws to be broken by donors.

    The system is basically set up as a honor system and is only made available for public disclosure. You can get in major hot water for using the list to spam people who donated and such but the rules for donations only deal with filling in all the blanks on the form and then having the campaign submit the required ones.

    Cash donations under 50 bucks have zero documentation requirements.
    under 201 combined has records kept by the campaign and the monthly combined total of all received that month are reported on the monthly report
    Over 201 total each line item is reported.

    Note however the FEC database does not disclose the SSN of the donor even if you download the full database to run on your own computer.

    That makes it hard to kick out duplicate name collisions or near misspellings of names

  15. Right2thepoint says:

    I am waiting for a lot of data from various sources to put it all together but I tend to think that I might find a lot of ‘proxy donations’.

    Somebody is registered to vote by a ‘field worker’ and that person then has a donation of probably under 201 done in their name.

    I know several people I ran across in the FEC database already that I personally know and who have never donated to a campaign in their entire life.

    But they did this year and they were shocked to find out that info when I pointed it out to them.

    I have been doing this stuff since almost back in the Eisenhower days so I know a trick or two of what gets done.

  16. Right2thepoint says:

    What I find also troubling is the reports of the voter results from Chicago when you break it down to the Ward and Precinct within the ward levels.

    But that is another whole story.

  17. Right2thepoint says:

    Chicago Wards 1 through 25

    Chicago Wards 26 through 50

    This is a set of spreadsheets you can view based on the data from the Chicago Board of Elections.

    They are still counting absentee ballots and such but this will only be altered a bit from what you can see there.

    Scan through the results and you will see Obama getting over 97% of the vote in many precincts which are not solid Black voter precincts.

    Comparing them to the Gore and Kerry Campaign numbers vs Bush are night and day different.

    Some wards have as many as 5 or more precincts where Obama got 100% of the vote, not a single vote for McCain or any third party candidate.

  18. Right2thepoint says:

    If you look at prior presidential elections back to Clinton years you will see that the heavy dominant Black Precincts had over 99% votes for Obama but the odd part is their turnout percentages were down from past elections.

    The only logical conclusion is voter suppression.

    My guess is the word was on the streets that if you were not going to vote for Obama don’t show up at the polls.

    Sounds like a lot of offers made that voters for other candidates did not want to risk testing.

  19. Right2thepoint says:

    There were a lot of new voters registered in Chicago this year and turnout for major Black Wards was still 2% lower than the last Presidential election.

    Also note from the spread sheets some precincts had over 100% of the registered voters vote.

  20. Right2thepoint says:

    Over the limit donations for the Obama / DNC Joint Victory Fund

    Just for the month of September in this spread sheet

    A joint fund has an individual donation cap of 28,500.00 and is independent of your donations to any other campaign fund.

  21. 1sttofight says:

    Right2thepoint

    You are doing the Lords work.

  22. Landshark says:

    I know more about credit card processing than I’d like to. believe me, disabling the “fraud suite” is not easy to do.

    It also requires the approval of the processor. Most don’t know this, but the company that processes a merchant’s credit cards has UNLIMITED libaility for fraud by that merchant. Try setting up an account and see what kind of underwriting you go through.

    I think the way to get at Obama’s fraud is via the processor. We need a conservative who was defrauded to sue the processor and ask for an examination of the records by a certified forensic fraud examiner. (No court will allow a plaintiff to view the records since they contain credit card numbers.)

    Obama’s inner circle HAD to know they were getting foreign contributions (irregular amounts as explained above) and multiple sub-$200 contributions from the same person to circumvent the donation limits.

  23. Landshark says:

    –The only logical conclusion is voter suppression.–

    Or fraud in previous elections with judges voting for people who didn’t show up. This year, they didn’t feel the need to cheat since Obama was getting good turnout and 100% of the vote.

  24. Right2thepoint says:

    Not only did they turn off the AVS system which requires coordination with the card companies there was another issue noted.

    If you dug into the source code for the web page the donations were processed on you will find out that the form that was built to submit the donation was being stuffed with a bogus internet IP address for all donations.

    The only purpose this would serve is to break the trail back to the submitting ip in case of a full audit.

    You may be able to match up times with the isp servers logs but that would be a major job with the volume of traffic on that site.

    Also his site wasn’t the only one that disabled AVS.

    There are some others on the nutroots supported donations sites that also turned off their checking to funnel donations to the Obama campaign.

    For any donations that failed an FEC check and validation all the campaign is required to do is try to send a letter to the donor for clarification and their hands are clean.

  25. Right2thepoint says:

    Or fraud in previous elections with judges voting for people who didn’t show up. This year, they didn’t feel the need to cheat since Obama was getting good turnout and 100% of the vote.

    What discounts that possibility is that there are precincts that last time around had GWB get between 8 to 12% of the vote in that precinct and McCain got votes in the single digits for the entire precinct.

    There is one whole ward in the data that McCain did not break into the double digits for the entire ward of 50 plus precincts. Ever precinct had him in the single digits for vote count. Many of them were zero votes for McCain.

    Historically ever since the election of Harold Washington for mayor the heavy Black precincts and wards averaged 90 – 93 % vote for the same candidate.

    But with say 20,000 new voters in a ward and the turnout still dropped by 2% for that ward really starts flying red flags.

  26. Landshark says:

    Interesting about the IP stuff. I wondered how they would cover that particular trail.

    The question no one in the media is willing to ask, because they don’t like the only possible answers, is “why would you NOT want the zip code of the address to match the billing zip code?”

    Fraudulent transactions and people who do not have a zip code.

    (For the record, if I manually process a credit card – this is all B2B stuff – and the client uses a business card that the bill is sent to the home, my fraud suite will decline the transaction. My people have to specifically confirm the address is not just the business address, but also the billing address of the credit card.)

  27. Right2thepoint says:

    Believe it or not I am seeing some places more troubling than Chicago.

    I only have a preliminary work up on it so far but the validation macros I run comparing to historic trends are getting worked overtime sending exceptions to an error report page on a standard spread sheet post analysis I do.

    One real way off trend place I was looking for being trouble turns out to be meeting my expectations.

    That is Lake County in Indiana.

    First it took forever to get the votes done in the primary compared to other counties.

    Second there were all sorts of reports on the PUMA sites of voter intimidation and turning Clinton backers away from the polls similar to the Philly Black Panther stuff you probably heard about.

    Third the numbers just are not adding up in many ways.

    Lake County is in the extreme NW corner of the state and is just a skip from Chicago.

    I am waiting for the final voter registration listings to see if say for example Joe Johns from Chicago also voted at Jimmy Johns residence of his brother or cousin in Lake County.

  28. Right2thepoint says:

    What flags this state really strong is GWB won the state by 20 plus percent and McCain lost to Obama.

  29. DGA says:

    I’m in Indiana, and I too, couldn’t believe it went to B. hussein obama. This state hadn’t voted democrap since ’64, and I was sure it wouldn’t fall this time either. Indianapolis was the deciding factor, so many blacks here, but it’s sort of strange because the governor is republican as is the mayor, the dems got run out of here a few years ago and the state has done well since.

  30. Right2thepoint says:

    Marion County was also problematic. Only 370k out of 650k registered voters showed up. I still need to look at the trend data but I believe that was way off from past elections.

    The Sec of State still hasn’t done much updating of the site since election day.

    In fact the latest full figures they have are for the primary.

    Eventually I will rip the whole state down to the precinct level as I do the entire country in my post analysis.

  31. Right2thepoint says:

    Indiana has low turnout compared to most states for some reason. Under 50% for counties and only low 60s are common compared to most states running in the upper 70s or some even higher.

    There seems to be an error for the registration figures for Lake County since if you go by those numbers they lost 100k registered voters since 2004.

  32. wardmama4 says:

    R2TP – I agree with 1st – You are doing the Lord’s work.

    I know several people I ran across in the FEC database already that I personally know and who have never donated to a campaign in their entire life.

    But they did this year and they were shocked to find out that info when I pointed it out to them.

    Perhaps one of these people will be the linchpin to getting someone (msm, judical system, anyone) to actually investigate this situation.

    I saw an election map – red/blue – it is impossible to imagine that The One ™ actually won with the amount of red and the small amount of blue. Our local said that The One ™ won 62% – as a poll worker – I didn’t see it (since we had to count up the ballots, to make all the numbers match, fast mental count as they went speeding by) and yes I know I am just one precinct out of a number of them simply in just our county – but we have been (despite a strong Dem/union lock) a Republican county – pox on the city). It just doesn’t add up.

    Perhaps that is what all the ‘selected not elected’ mantra of the past 8 years has been – indoctrinate the masses that the evil Repubs ‘cheat’ to win and then when you actually do it – it is ‘justified’ and ‘necessary’ to beat back the ‘cheating’ Repubs.

    What a crock. I just hope that someone/anyone has the guts to stand up and fight this Obamanation – hopefully before Jan 19, 2009 – why besmirch a perfect record of at least somewhat honest elections/candidates with this joke of a citizen, politician, and most certainly POTUS?

  33. proreason says:

    “Right2thepoint …November 29th, 2008 at 10:31 pm …Over the limit donations for the Obama / DNC Joint Victory Fund …Just for the month of September in this spread sheet”

    “Scan through the results and you will see Obama getting over 97% of the vote in many precincts which are not solid Black voter precincts….Comparing them to the Gore and Kerry Campaign numbers vs Bush are night and day different.”

    “Not only did they turn off the AVS system which requires coordination with the card companies there was another issue noted.If you dug into the source code for the web page the donations were processed on you will find out that the form that was built to submit the donation was being stuffed with a bogus internet IP address for all donations.”

    “Obama’s inner circle HAD to know they were getting foreign contributions”

    “Total number of donors from a single residential address not a reasonable number (57 at one house)”

    “Some wards have as many as 5 or more precincts where Obama got 100% of the vote, not a single vote for McCain or any third party candidate.”

    Obamy is the Criminal in Chief of our country.

    Spectacular work, Right2 and thanks to Landshark as well.

    Of course, nothing will be done about this since the press got their guy selected.

  34. Right2thepoint says:

    Remember the talk about the two rich Pakistani guys Obama was friends with and traveled to Pakistan and India with while at Occidental.

    Guess which two people were on his campaign finance team and were in charge of the under 200.00 donations for the campaign.

    Nothing to see here………………………….

  35. Steve says:

    “Remember the talk about the two rich Pakistani guys Obama was friends with and traveled to Pakistan and India with while at Occidental.

    Guess which two people were on his campaign finance team and were in charge of the under 200.00 donations for the campaign.”

    Do you have any links or names for this?

  36. Right2thepoint says:

    Wahid Hamid was one confirmed fellow traveler to India and Pakistan.

    Mohammed Hasan Chandoo was the other but the travel link was never fully established on him.

    They were both listed as to their campaign worker spots early on the campaign website but the page has been purged.

    Two other Pakistani Occidental pals are Vinai Thummalapally and Imad Husain.

    Most of them are bundlers for the Obama Campaign but that page even is hit or miss to being able to access for confirmation.

    http://www.pakistanlink.com/Community/2008/Apr08/18/07.HTM

    Covers the trip with Hamid and staying at the home of Chandoo.

    http://exposingliberallies.blogspot.com/2008/08/obamas-1981-visit-to-pakistan.html

    NOW, It all sounds very innocent, ‘a college trip to Pakistan‘. Pakistan was in turmoil in 1981 and ruled of martial law. Millions of Afghan refugees were living in Pakistan, while the Afghan Mujahedeen operated from bases inside Pakistan in their war with the Soviets. One of the leaders that based his operation in Quetta, Pakistan was Usama Bin Laden (The Sheik).
    Pakistan was on the banned travel list for US Citizens at the time and all non-Muslim visitors were not welcome unless sponsored by their embassy for official business.
    There would be only a few reasons a young Westerner of the Muslim faith would travel to Pakistan in 1981:
    To Participate in Jihad, which is the duty of every ‘True Believer‘.
    For religious education in a Wahabbi sect, Saudi funded, Madrassa.
    In order to purchase drugs from the drug marketplace.
    Pakistan was not a tourist stop nor the place to hang out with someone’s family in 1981.”

  37. Right2thepoint says:

    Let me correct that Thummalapally was from India.

  38. Steve says:

    We posted this back in April:

    During his years at Occidental College, Mr. Obama also befriended Wahid Hamid, a fellow student who was an immigrant from Pakistan and traveled with Mr. Obama there, the Obama campaign said. Mr. Hamid is now a vice president at Pepsico in New York, and according to public records, has donated the maximum $2,300 to the Obama campaign and is listed as a fund-raiser for it.

    Pakistan Trip Makes Obama C-In-C Material | Sweetness & Light
    http://sweetness-light.com/archive/pakistan-trip-makes-obama-c-in-c-material

    And here:

    Bundler: Wahid Hamid
    http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/bundler.cfm?Bundler=25341

    It’s said he bundled at least 100,000.

    But being a fundraiser/bundler is different from being in charge of the campaign’s < $200 donations.

  39. proreason says:

    “Pakistan was not a tourist stop nor the place to hang out with someone’s family in 1981”

    It’s not like Obamy’s life is a complex jig-saw puzzle that only a brain surgeon could figure out.

    Everything you learn fits neatly into the pattern that has been in plain sight all along.

  40. Right2thepoint says:

    SG

    I read it somewhere and even have a note of it on my computer but the trouble is I don’t have the link.

    When I read it my plugin for my browser I was using was not upgraded when the browser got upgraded.

    So the software I was using ,which auto saved the link along with what I selected was not working.

    I ran across it before I got a new plugin that restored that capacity.

    During the break between I was cutting and pasting to a running word file and just forgot to copy the link

  41. Right2thepoint says:

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/eugenekang/CS3r

    Members of the Obama Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders National Leadership Council include (Note: Their affiliation is to be used for identification purposes only):

    M. Hasan Chandoo, NY, Businessman

  42. Right2thepoint says:

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/omarweathersby/gGgKHf

    > On May 10, 2008 The Times reported, Robert Malley advisor to Obama was “sacked” after the press found out he was having regular contacts with “Hamas”, which controls Gaza and is connected with Iran. This past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers reported that during Obama’s visit to Iraq, he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will “Take care of things”.

    Oh, and by the way, remember the college roommates that where born in Pakistan? They are in charge of all those “small” Internet campaign contribution for Obama. Where is that money coming from? The poor and middle class in this country? Or could it be from the Middle East? And now we have case after case of fraud connected with contributions and fake names who donated money to the Obama campaign,.

    That was a mention on a personal blog on his site , I may have put it in a todo list to investigate and never got around to it.

  43. Right2thepoint says:

    http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/gwtardy/gGBnGV

    Sweet: Obama, at Sun-Times request, releases names of finance committee members, Senate interns.
    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/03/sweet_obama_at_suntimes_reques.html#more

    2008 OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL NATIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE

    Hasan Chandoo
    Wahid Hamid


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