Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama Will Clean Up This Town!

Washington Post

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor's identity, campaign officials confirmed.

Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.

The Obama organization said its extensive review has ensured that the campaign has refunded any improper contributions, and noted that Federal Election Commission rules do not require front-end screening of donations.

In recent weeks, questionable contributions have created headaches for Obama's accounting team as it has tried to explain why campaign finance filings have included itemized donations from individuals using fake names, such as Es Esh or Doodad Pro. Those revelations prompted conservative bloggers to further test Obama's finance vetting by giving money using the kind of prepaid cards that can be bought at a drugstore and cannot be traced to a donor.

Other blogs have noted that it isn't just limited to pre-paid credit cards. You can punch your own credit card into his campaign website and it doesn't even have the most basic security features enabled. We are talking about features that the companies that create the software have as standard features like those that check the name against the card number being used. This means you could punch in Mickey Mouse from 1600 Walt Rd. and make a $2000 donation to your own credit card and his website would not stop that from happening.

I'm sure this is just the type of oversight we want in our government.