Obama.com ought to be stamped “Made in China.” For real:
In an explosive report set to send shockwaves through official Washington, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) released a 108-page GAI investigation into the threat of foreign and fraudulent Internet campaign donations in U.S. federal elections (visit campaignfundingrisks.com to download the full report).
Breitbart News obtained an advance copy of the bombshell report which reveals that the Obama.com website is not owned by the president’s campaign but rather by Obama bundler Robert Roche, a U.S. citizen living in Shanghai, China. Roche is the chairman of a Chinese infomercial company, Acorn International, with ties to state-controlled banks that allow it to “gain revenue through credit card transactions with Chinese banks.”
The unusual Obama.com website redirects traffic directly to a donation page on the Obama campaign’s official website, my.barackobama.com, which does not require donors tob enter their credit card security code (known as the CVV code), thereby increasing the likelihood of foreign or fraudulent donations. The website is managed by a small web development firm, Wicked Global, in Maine. One of Wicked Global’s employees, Greg Dorr, lists on his LinkedIn page his additional employment with Peace Action Maine and Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. According to the GAI report, 68 percent of all Internet traffic to Obama.com comes from foreign visitors.
Maybe Greg Dorr is just a guy in Obama’s neighborhood.
Do you remember the big stink when Reagan (or was it Bush 41?) took two million dollars in speaking fees from Japanese businesses? That was after he left office, and Japan was a solid de jure and de facto ally of ours. It might have been unseemly, but at least taking foreign money hadn’t been a part of his reelection effort.
And even in that case, we had a private American citizen taking private foreign money. What we have here is is shady fundraising methods allowing
• Foreign nationals to skim the donations.
• Foreigners to make illegal campaign contributions.
There are simply not enough words to describe how many ways this stinks.
Four years ago, the press let Obama’s foreign fundraising slide, probably in part because he had the election already in the bag. The foreign money was just icing on a cake made of hundred dollar bills. This time? This election counts, and this scandal ought to be the final nail in a coffin hammered full of them.