Despite a widely circulated WND article exposing the effort last week, “Osama bin Laden,” using a Pakistani proxy server, is still running a grassroots fundraising page titled “Fatwa: Foreign Donations” that openly seeks foreign donations on President Obama’s campaign website.
“Bin Laden’s” foreign donors page was not removed by the Obama campaign after a WND report last week exposed how the same “bin Laden” account had successfully donated twice to Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. After the WND report, one of the donations was officially returned, while another is listed as pending.
The “bin Laden” foreign donors page was still active even after “bin Laden” sent an email to the Obama campaign yesterday alerting them to “his” page.
The email concerned a campaign competition for supporters who had donated $3 to meet President Obama on Election Night. “Bin Laden” had donated the $3 for the competition and had asked the campaign in the email whether he could bring wanted al-Qaida leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri as a guest. The email also provided a link to “bin Laden’s” grassroots page seeking foreign donations.
The page was not taken down even after WND filed a complaint about the foreign donations with the Federal Elections Commission.
“Bin Laden’s” page was set up by WND staff on Tuesday as a test after media reports described the ability of foreigners to donate to the Obama campaign.
The test was also in response to a nonprofit group’s report alleging Obama’s campaign had solicited foreigners for political donations through its social media websites.
The acceptance of foreign contributions is strictly illegal under U.S. campaign finance law.
“Bin Laden’s” page was set up on the Obama campaign website using a Pakistani proxy server, meaning that as far as the campaign could discern, the user was openly identified electronically as coming from Pakistan.
“This campaign will be funded by the many holy foreign donors like you and me – fighting for change we can believe in, Inshallah,” reads the public page.
“Bin Laden” immediately made a $3 donation for the competition using a disposable credit card. The donation is currently pending, according to the credit card company.
Last week, WND reported how the same “bin Laden” account made two other donations.
The first, a $15 donation, was made at BarackObama.com using a confirmed Pakistani IP address and proxy server.
Upon clicking the “donate” button, WND staff selected the $15 amount and were taken to a page on the campaign website asking for a first and last name, city, state, zip code, email address and phone number.
The information submitted was: “Osama bin Laden, 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, CA, 91101.”
While the website only has options for U.S. states and zip codes, there is no mechanism in place on Obama’s website to verify the individual is actually located in that state or zip code, or even in the U.S.
The Obama campaign refuses to release the identification of donors who give less than $200.
In this donation, the 91101 zip code is real but corresponds to Pasadena, Calif., not Abbottabad, the Pakistani city in which bin Laden was found holed up in a compound.
For a requested phone number, WND used the White House information line of (202) 456-2121.
The email address used to set up the donation account was [email protected]
After clicking “next,” the website asked for an employer, occupation and a password to set up future donations. WND staff entered the occupation as “deceased terror chief” and the employer as “al-Qaida.”
The transaction was made last Friday with the use of a disposable credit card. The website did not require the card’s security code.
To test if the first donation was an oversight, a second donation of $5 was made the following day using the “Bin Laden” account and the same Pakistani IP address.
That donation was accepted by the campaign and was deducted from the disposable credit card. After the WND report drawing attention to the donation, the campaign officially returned the $5 yesterday.
Nevertheless, even after the WND expose on the illegal foreign donation, the Obama campaign continued to send “bin Laden’s email” daily solicitations for more donations.
The Obama campaign has been plagued by accusations of foreign donations going back to 2008, when WND reported two Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip donated $29,521.54 to Obama’s first presidential campaign. After the report, the campaign reportedly returned the donations.
Last week, the New York Post reported a British citizen, Chris Walker, was able to make two $5 donations through Obama’s campaign website, while a similar attempt to give Mitt Romney online funds was rejected.
The Post noted how the Federal Election Commission posted data showing Obama’s campaign took in more than $2 million from donors who provided no ZIP code or incomplete ZIP codes.
Michael Czin, an Obama campaign spokesman, told the Post that FEC data was the result of “a minor technical error.”
“All the ZIP codes and numbers are real and can be verified,” Czin said.
However, if all zip codes are real, Czin has some explaining to do after the “bin Laden” donation from a zip code based on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The non-profit Government Accountability Institute recently released a report alleging Obama’s campaign had solicited foreigners for political donations through its social media websites.
As the Daily Caller reported, a statement accompanied the GAI’s report from former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia noting that 68 percent of traffic to BarackObama.com comes from foreign users, all of whom are redirected to a fundraising page operated by the president’s re-election campaign.
The GAI report further documented how Obama.com was registered in September 2008 to Robert Roche, an Obama campaign bundler living in Shanghai, China.
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