I received the most interesting e-mail today. It supposedly is an article by NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd but I can't find a copy of the piece on the NYT web site and, knowing how she hates President Bush and how extremely leftist her views are, I find it hard to believe that she wrote it.
If she did, it's proof that the "progressives" are lining up against Obama. If so, it will be fascinating to see if Obama's charisma is strong enough to bring out enough youth vote to win the election.
In this piece (which I will be glad to forward to anyone on request) Dowd claims that "one of the web site security monitors" of Obama's campaign noticed about two months into the primary that a number of contributions coming in seemed to be from individuals but actually "the funds were from only a few credit card accounts and bank electronic funds transfers. The internet service providers (ISP) they were able to trace were from Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries. One of the banks used for fund transfers was also located in Saudi Arabia."
Furthermore, Dowd adds that "Another concentrated group of donations was traced to a Chinese ISP with a similar pattern of limited credit card charges. It became clear that these donations were very likely coming from sources other than American voters."
Now if the campaign was aware of this it would seem to me that IF they were truly concerned about the American electoral process they'd call in the FBI to investigate. But no, Dowd writes, "This was discussed at length within the campaign and the decision was made that none of these donations violated campaign financing laws.
"It was also decided that it was not the responsibility of the campaign to audit these millions of contributions as to the actual source (specific credit card number or bank transfer account numbers) to insure that none of these internet contributors exceeded the legal maximum donation on a cumulative basis of many small donations."
So here we have a candidate for the Presidency of the United States who learns that foreign interests are financing his campaign and he doesn't ask what they want in return? Shades of Clinton's Chinese buddies!
So this may be the first and only time in my life that I can agree with Maureen Dowd. She writes, " believe the Obama campaign's internet fund raising needs a serious, in depth investigation and audit. It also appears the whole question of internet fund raising needs investigation by the legislature and perhaps new laws to insure it complies not only with the letter of these laws but the spirit as well."
AMEN. And the sooner the better.