Who said the following?: “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities.” You’ll find the answer at the end of this article.
On October 6th, Breitbart.com fired the opening salvo in an emerging campaign financing scandal: The Democrats claimed that they’d raised $181 million in September. Only 2% of the donations, or three and a half million dollars, is traceable. On Monday The Washington Examiner released the results of a 108-page, eight-month investigation by the Government Accountability Institute into campaign funding impropriety by House, Senate and presidential campaigns. And, to paraphrase the poem “Abu Ben Adam,” the president’s name “led all the rest.”
Some of the findings:
- The president’s website is not owned by the administration; it is owned by a major Chicago bundler for the administration, Robert Roche. Mr. Roche has visited the White House 19 times.
- Mr. Roche lives in Shanghai, China. So does the president’s website.
- When one types in the president’s website address one is immediately redirected to a donation page.
- The president’s outreach and fundraising have targeted websites in Chinese, Arabic, Thai, and Korean.
- 68% of the traffic to the site is foreign traffic. Donations from foreign nations are illegal.
- The White House pressed for suppression of this report.
There is more. If you haven’t read either of these two articles I urge that you do so before they disappear. The Washington Examiner story points out that donors of less than $200 are not required to be identified by the campaign in question. The Breitbart article, however, points out that campaigns are required to keep records of donations of $50 or more. Theoretically, a donor can make hundreds of $49 donations and remain entirely anonymous.
Based on the GAI’s report, one would think that there would be an immediate hue-and cry for an investigation, baying by an outraged public for an independent investigator, calls for the president’s resignation. Except for one thing: This news has had zero exposure…we have the expected brick wall of dead silence from the mainstream media. This news appeared nowhere except on The Drudge Report. Even Drudge lists these two articles on the right side of the page, 11th and 12th articles down, in small typeface. I expect that by the time this article appears they might have vanished altogether.
Is it reasonable to expect that Congress will act less than a month away from Election Day? Not in the world we currently live in. This information, however, does deserve attention before the election. The raising of almost $200 million dollars, a month after the president barely managed to raise $100 million dollars during preceding months, should have been enough to raise eyebrows across the nation. Yet, the “news” continues to focus on the debate that took place last week, spinning like a nuclear-driven top. The latest, by the way (in addition to how Governor Romney lied and cheated), is that the president did great; he just didn’t “deliver his lines” correctly.
Clearly, the media’s disdain for our intelligence hasn’t waned. We can couple this idiocy with the president’s latest whistle stop on his apology tour. It was closer to home this time. He went to the Hollywood crowd, a constituency ever in jeopardy of deserting, right? “Everybody here are just incredible professionals. They’re such great friends, and they just perform flawlessly night after night. . . . I can’t always say the same.” Yup. As Rush Limbaugh calls him, President Kardashian is certainly proving to be just that.
Answer: President Obama, 2010 State of the Union Address