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Conservatives Accidentally Bankroll Obama to Prove a Point About Online Donation Fraud

Posted October 29, 2008

The New York Times reports that it's much easier to send in online donations under false pretenses to Barack Obama's campaign site than it is to Senator McCain's.

Power Line, a conservative political blog, reported a reader had successfully made donations under the names Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Bill Ayers," although we all know who the real Bill Ayers is donating to.

This means two things: 1) there are a lot of Fakey McDonors sending money to Obama. 2) Half of them seem to be conservatives, who are donating money to Obama to prove a point but will actually just help him get elected.

The law makes it a little bit murky. You can make a donation of up to $50 as "anonymous", which means that the name on your credit card doesn't have to match the donation form. In one case cited by the Times, a McCain supporter complained that she was easily able to donate $15 to Obama under a fake name, but since she used her own credit card it was able to go through. Which is why all campaign donations should be done by hand, in person, using large paper sacks filled with ducats.

Having some experience in software development you have to give the Obama web team some credit. To prevent donations from Osama and Saddam you'd have to search both the foreign terrorists in hiding (databases) AND the dead tyrant database. Not to mention a quick search of the IMDB to see how they're connected to Kevin Bacon.

McCain's website isn't quite the Fort Knox of valid online donors. "Blogger Marc Ambinder recently reported that searches of this database turned up seven contributions from someone named Jesus II of Las Vegas giving a total of $851 to Mr. McCain."

 

 

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