According to sources at the Washington Examiner, President Obama’s reelection campaign has been trying to block reports that a national magazine and a national web site are preparing to release a story regarding what the Examiner describes as a “blockbuster donor scandal story.”
The Examiner’s sources claim that after a nine-month long investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising, an unnamed taxpayer watchdog group has discovered thousands of violation of federal election laws that were broken by the campaign’s solicitations of and acceptance of donations from unsecure, overseas accounts.
The pending story comes on the heels of the Obama camps recent announcement of a near record breaking collection of $150 million in donations just for the month of September. If the still developing story behind the potential allegations are true, this record haul of donations could be in large part due to the Obama campaign’s illegal participation in collecting donations via untraceable prepaid credit cards that would allow the campaign to hide the identity of donors and evade limits on how much those unidentified individual donors are legally allowed to give to the campaign.
In 2008, after then Senator Obama raised a similar amount of money also in the month of September, The Washington Post reported a story entitled “Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations”. In it they described an online donation process that was nearly impossible to make foolproof. In 2012 the donation collection process for Obama as well as Romney is still not foolproof and as in 2008 both campaigns conducted a comprehensive analysis of online contributions on the back end of the transaction to determine whether a contribution is legitimate or not. When and if a contribution is found to be in some way improper or in excess of the allowable FEC donation limits, each campaign refunds the money. But the real problem is the Obama campaign’s willingness to accept online donations through prepaid cards, something the Romney campaign does not do. Payments through such prepaid credit cards makes it impossible to trace exactly where and who the donations are coming from.
The problem here is that unless the players behind this story can confirm that the Obama campaign or individuals in the campaigns were involved in a conspiracy to coordinate payments via prepaid credit cards, this story could wind up being more a story about the problems with the campaign finance process than a story about some Obama related scandal. Until the two publications and the taxpayer watchdog group that the Washington Examiner credits with this story come forward, no one can tell with certainty if it is truly a scandal or not. But the Washington Examiner seems eager to point out that when the full story goes public on Sunday or Monday, the Obama camp will be forced to confront an embarrassing and potentially damaging ethics and financial scandal. And in typical fashion, to make matters worse, Team Obama is trying to cover it up.
If true, Bob Woodward may prove to be the most insightful political talking around. On Thursday, Woodward stated that he believes the emergence of some sort of major political or personal event involving Obama may have been the reason for Obama’s disaterous debate performance on Wednesday night.
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