It’s clear that the Obama campaign is exploiting cracks in a system that is not set up to detect multiple small-scale breaches of the law, despite that fact that numerous small donations could quickly add up to a substantial sum of money. There appears to be no mechanism for reporting, or for the FEC to investigate, such irregularities.
The current FEC regulations appear to be outdated, in that they haven’t kept pace with the increasing ease with which money can be transferred across international borders electronically. That in itself wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, but the aggravating factor here is that Obama is arguably the first “global” political figure, in that he inspires as much devotion in idealistic leftists and naïve young people in foreign countries as he does in a volunteer in Chicago.
If Obama’s legions of foreign admirers found that they could easily donate to his campaigns, why wouldn’t they do so? Looking back to four years ago – when his campaign was also accused of accepting foreign donations – Obama’s Berlin speech now begins to look like the first global fundraiser conducted by an American president, with the aim of soliciting donations from non-U.S. citizens.
The obvious remedy would be for the FEC to order all campaigns to require potential donors to supply the CVV number for their card, but as there’s currently no requirement for them to do this, such a move would presumably require a change in the law. And that would come too late to stop the Obama campaign collecting perhaps millions of dollars in illegal contributions, and spending it in their increasingly desperate bid to hold onto the White House.
On Friday, I’m due to speak with representatives of the GAI, who’ve been looking into the issue of illegal foreign campaign contributions for some time (their detailed report on the problem is here). Hopefully, PJ Media’s reporting will be able to help them in their efforts to put an end to this scandal.
Read part one of Mike McNally’s report on the Obama campaign’s illegal foreign donations here.