“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama told a packed House of Representatives chamber Wednesday night.
But did he care about foreign donations during the campaign? No.
In fact, his campaign appeared to avoid basic checks on donations to ensure they were operating within the law. In fact, they just didn’t seem to care about electoral finance law at all.
- “Obama’s overseas (foreign) contributors are making multiple small donations, ostensibly in their own names, over a period of a few days, some under maximum donation allowances, but others are aggregating in excess of the maximums when all added up.”
- The contributions had come from over 50 specifically named countries and major cities.
- Obviously bogus contributor names that a 7 year-old would have known to be fictitious, including “Hbkjb, jkbkj,” “Doodad Pro,” and “Good Will,” were frequent.
- “Thousands of Obama’s foreign donations ended in cents.” U.S. contributors very rarely contribute in anything other than whole dollar amounts, so the reason why contributions would end with anything other than “.00″ would almost always involve foreign currency translation.
In a later post, Geller listed 18 donors who had contributed more than the legal $2,300 limit. “Good Will” and “Doodad Pro” were among them, to the tune of over ten grand each.
You might think “Well that’s pretty bad, but really no big deal, because at some point, Obama will just refund the money.”
In many cases, that does not appear likely.
So what was Obama really saying when he breached longstanding pratice?
Perhaps he is annoyed that the playing field is now level, that those who obey the law are now on the same footing as the Democratic party.
Oh, and let’s note that had McCain been elected, Palin would have been VP for 1 year, and would have that much more experience than Obama did when he became president.