Thursday, October 2, 2008

OBAMA'S SECRET, FOREIGN DONATIONS

Though Gadhafi asserted that fundraising from Arab and African nations were “legitimate,” the fact is that U.S. federal law bans any foreigner from donating to a U.S. election campaign. Staggering amounts of foreign money is pouring into Obama's campaign chest. How beholden to foreign interests would Barack Obama be if he wins in November? For that matter, how beholden will he forever be to them, whether he becomes our next president or just remains a U.S. Senator? A mind-blowing report at NewsMax gives details - LOTS of details. For example: Until recently, the Obama Web site allowed a contributor to select the country where he resided from the entire membership of the United Nations, including such friendly places as North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Where is much of that money coming from? ...from places as far afield as Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Beijing, Fallujah, Florence, Italy, and a wide selection of towns and cities in France. Isn't the Obama campaign checking to make sure the donations are legal? Unlike McCain’s or Sen. Hillary Clinton’s online donation pages, the Obama site did not ask for proof of citizenship until just recently. Clinton’s presidential campaign required U.S. citizens living abroad to actually fax a copy of their passport before a donation would be accepted. With such lax vetting of foreign contributions, the Obama campaign may have indirectly contributed to questionable fundraising by foreigners. International investigations are already ramping up: At one event, a table for eight at one fundraising dinner went for $16,800. Nigerian press reports claimed sponsors raked in an estimated $900,000. The sponsors said the fundraisers were held to help Nigerians attend the Democratic convention in Denver. But the Nigerian press expressed skepticism of that claim, and the Nigerian public anti-fraud commission is now investigating the matter. Are there any links to terrorist money? In June, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gave a public speech praising Obama, claiming foreign nationals were donating to his campaign. “All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded [Barack Obama],” the Libyan leader said. “They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency..." Though Gadhafi asserted that fundraising from Arab and African nations were “legitimate,” the fact is that U.S. federal law bans any foreigner from donating to a U.S. election campaign. Frightening stuff, this. A man who might soon become our next president is taking money from, and praised by, foreign donors living in other countries. As noted at the top of this post, "Though Gadhafi asserted that fundraising from Arab and African nations were 'legitimate,' the fact is that U.S. federal law bans any foreigner from donating to a U.S. election campaign." Forget your idealism about allowing anybody to donate to a campaign. Forget your feelings about globalism. The simple fact is that the Obama campaign is knowingly taking huge donations from foreign entities. That alone is a violation of federal law, and the Obama campaign seems more than happy to repeatedly commit that violation.