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  • Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions

    02/26/2016 12:58:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies ^ | Feb. 26, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Thousands of contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign in January violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday. The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 "excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions." The campaign's January financial disclosure filing listed contributions from foreign nationals and unregistered political committees, the FEC said. Other contributions came from donors who exceeded the $2,700 per-election limit.
  • Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

    12/30/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | John A. Shaw
    In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States. The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains widely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent millions of dollars to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is...

    10/08/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT · by Snuph · 21 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8 Oct 2012 | WYNTON HAL
    Minutes after Newsweek published a story on the threat of illegal foreign and fraudulent online campaign donations late Monday afternoon, the Obama campaign struck back hard with a response smearing one of the article’s authors and offered an anemic defense of its online fundraising operations.
  • Delaware Man Admits Illegal Campaign Contributions (apparently to Joe Biden)

    06/10/2011 8:01:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6-10-2011 | Henry Reske
    Delaware Man Admits Illegal Campaign Contributions by Henry Reske June 10, 2011 A Delaware man has pleaded guilty to illegally funneling more than $200,000 to political campaigns. Those benefitting from the illegal contributions apparently include the failed presidential campaign of now Vice President Joe Biden... snip Prosecutors said the campaign finance scheme involved fake fundraisers, free alcohol for candidates and supporters at events... snip The complaint does not allege any wrongdoing by the candidates and does not identify them by name. However, the Post reported that dates and other information in the court documents “strongly suggest that Biden and Sen....
  • President Obama refunds cash to Kenyan aunt, convicted murderer, lobbyists

    07/28/2009 7:02:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 865+ views
    President Obama refunds cash to Kenyan aunt, convicted murderer, lobbyists By: Kenneth P. Vogel July 28, 2009 04:44 AM EST More than eight months after President Barack Obama won the White House, the remnants of his campaign organization is struggling to deal with some unfinished business: returning about $669,000 in tainted or illegal campaign contributions to a motley assortment of donors, among them a convicted murderer, Washington lobbyists and a number of foreign nationals, including his own aunt. But the 11 Chicago-based staff members still on the campaign’s payroll are finding it was a lot easier to rake in a...
  • Obama's Chilling Crew

    04/29/2009 12:21:25 AM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 805+ views ^ | 4/28/2009 | By Andrew Walden
    Why is there so little media investigation of the financing behind Barack Obama’s early political sponsor—and now convicted felon—Tony Rezko? The dual US-Syrian citizen Rezko--who assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion--was heavily funded by loans from Iraqi-British ex-Baathist billionaire Nadhmi Auchi. According to testimony at Rezko’s trial, Obama met Auchi at an April 3, 2004 event at Rezko’s home during Obama’s 2004 US Senate campaign. The Times of London reports discovering, “state documents in Illinois recording that Fintrade Services, a Panamanian company, lent money to Mr. Obama’s fundraiser in May 2005.” Fintrade directors, according to The Times...
  • Obama hauls in record $750 million for campaign

    01/30/2009 9:19:31 AM PST · by STARWISE · 48 replies · 1,211+ views
    Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | 12-5-08 | Michael Luo
    President-elect Barack Obama brought in nearly $750 million for his presidential campaign, a record amount that exceeds what all of the candidates combined collected in private donations in the previous race for the White House, according to a report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. Underscoring the success of his fund-raising, Obama reported that he had nearly $30 million in the bank as of Nov. 24, despite spending furiously at the end of his campaign.
  • Obama raised $745 million, twice as much as McCain

    12/05/2008 11:53:18 AM PST · by weegee · 45 replies · 1,187+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2008, 9:22AM | By JIM KUHNHENNN and JIM DRINKARD
    ...Obama reported raising $104 million in more than five weeks immediately before and after Election Day. It was his second biggest fundraising period and a fitting coda to a successful presidential bid that shattered fundraising records. ...Obama exceeded the combined finances of the two major parties' nominees four years ago. George W. Bush and John Kerry pulled in a total of $653 million in the 2004 primary and general election campaigns, including federal public financing money. Obama's prowess at attracting money, one of the many characteristics that defined his campaign, could well spell the end of a 30-year experiment in...
  • Barack Obama's 'Auntie Zeituni' made illegal contributions to his campaign

    11/01/2008 4:32:20 PM PDT · by Fred · 14 replies · 890+ views
    Times ^ | 110108 | James Bone
    snips Zeituni Onyango, 56, the half-sister of Mr Obama's Kenyan father, gave a total of $260 to the Obama campaign during the third quarter of this year, records show. US election rules require that individuals making presidential campaign contributions be US citizens, and political campaigns are required to make "best efforts" to verify that, a FEC spokesman said. The AP reports that Ms Onyango is living in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago. Ms Onyango was the first Kenyan relative to welcome Mr Obama on his first visit to his...
  • Al-Jazeera for Obama

    10/20/2008 10:12:55 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 5 replies · 495+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | October 19, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    Colin Powell’s predicted and expected endorsement of Barack Obama was transformed into big news by the pro-Obama media. But Arab propaganda channel Al-Jazeera’s intervention in the U.S. presidential contest is also extremely significant. Al-Jazeera, a mouthpiece for enemies of the United States, aired a Moammar Gadhafi speech praising Obama and followed with a story depicting supporters of Sarah Palin as white racist Christians. The channel is subsidized by the oil-rich Sunni Muslim plutocracy/dictatorship in Qatar. The Al-Jazeera “reporter” who did the hit piece on Palin was Casey Kaufmann, who surfaces in Federal Election Commission (FEC) records as a $500 contributor...
  • $200,000,000 In Illegal Donations Alleged Against Obama Campaign

    10/02/2008 6:47:18 AM PDT · by Quaker · 12 replies · 959+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | Oct. 2, 2008 | Quaker
    The Obama campaign has some splainin’ to do. Only problem is will the proper authorities investigate these questionable donations from overseas? (There is) a hijacking of our political system that makes the Clinton and Gore fundraising scandals pale in comparison. And no one here wants to touch it.”
  • Palestinians donate $29,500 to Obama

    08/04/2008 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 38 replies · 176+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | August 04, 2008 | Aaron Klein
    Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are listed in government election filings as having donated $29,521.54 to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign. The donations would violate election laws, including prohibitions on receiving donations from foreigners and guidelines against accepting more than $2,300 from one individual during a single election, Bob Biersack, a spokesman for the Federal Election Commission, told WND in response to a query. The contributions also raise numerous questions about the Obama campaign's lax online donation form, which apparently allows for the possibility of foreign contributions. Last week, the Atlas Shrugs blog outlined a series of donations in...
  • McCain accused of accepting improper donations from Rothschilds

    05/02/2008 10:52:10 PM PDT · by wesley_windam-price · 33 replies · 145+ views
    Guardian ^ | Apr 29 2008 | Daniel Nasaw
    A US campaign watchdog has accused presumptive Republican president nominee John McCain of violating election laws by accepting campaign contributions from two prominent Londoners. At issue is a fundraising luncheon held in March at London's Spencer House, during McCain's swing through the United Kingdom. An invitation to the event lists Lord Rothschild and Nathaniel Rothschild as hosts, and indicates the event was made possible with their "kind permission". Judicial Watch, a Washington organisation instrumental in the March release of Hillary Clinton's White House schedules, has asked US election monitors to investigate whether the Rothschilds improperly sponsored the fundraiser. US political...
  • Tamil Tigers fund raising for Clinton

    12/14/2007 2:04:13 PM PST · by ferri · 16 replies · 237+ views ^ | 12-14-2007 | N/A
    [Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence] NEW JERSEY / SRI LANKA - LTTE Heavily Involved In Fund Raising For Hilary Clinton In New Jersey "Well known activists of a banned terrorist group in the United States are involved in the fund raising activities of the US Democratic candidate Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton" "According to a fundraising web site for the Senator, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activists are involved in raising funds from 100 Dollars to 2300 Dollars to help elect Senator Clinton as the next United States President. The website could be reached at: " "The terrorist group,...
  • Clinton Sees Fear Realized in Trouble With Donor

    09/11/2007 9:29:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 80 replies · 3,336+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2007 | PATRICK HEALY
    Of all the possible vulnerabilities facing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton has long believed that the one of the biggest was money, friends and advisers say. Some sort of fund-raising scandal that would echo the Clinton-era controversies of the 1990s and make her appear greedy or ethically challenged. As a result, Mrs. Clinton told aides this year to vet major donors carefully and help her avoid situations in which she might appear to be trading access for big money, advisers said. Also to be avoided, the senator said, were fund-raising tactics that might conjure up the Clinton...
  • More Media Mentions of GOP Senator's Sex Scandal Than Dems Criminal Fund Raiser

    09/07/2007 9:20:27 AM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | September 7, 2007 - 07:12 ET | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us here, of course, take it for granted that the news media focuses far more on any scandals or troubles that occur with Republicans while at the same time they try their level best to ignore those that are perpetrated by Democrats. But, it's always helpful to get as many statistics as possible to buttress our case. I have here another small indication of how the GOP is treated unequally with the Democrat Party revealing Media Bias in the form of a Nexis* search of two ongoing, but not equally treated, scandals in the news. Our search parameters...
  • Chinagate: The Movie

    04/08/2007 10:28:22 PM PDT · by WannabeTurk · 131 replies · 1,713+ views
    Yahoo Video ^ | 4/8/07 | Me
    I have just posted a trailer to a documentary I am making about the Chinese money laundering and nuclear espionage scandals of the Clinton administration known as Chinagate. The video, Chinagate: The Movie, is set for a summer release on the internet. I am making the film because I am determined not to let another Clinton back into the White House. We just cannot allow this to happen. Conservatives and moderates need to find a way to come together in '08. I have seen too much fighting amongst here lately and it is disconcerting. Check out the trailer and let...
  • Gun-Control Group, PAC Pay $12K FEC Fine

    05/07/2005 11:52:08 AM PDT · by JesseJane · 51 replies · 2,493+ views
    Yahoo News / AP story ^ | May 5, 2005 | unstated
    A gun-control group and its political action committee have paid a $12,000 fine to settle a campaign finance case from the 2000 election. At issue were ads and endorsements by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and its Brady Voter Education Fund involving various Democratic candidates in 2000. The American Conservative Union, in a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accused the Brady organizations of making illegal corporate contributions to the Democrats' campaigns. The FEC disclosed the outcome of the case Thursday. ===== The Brady Campaign is named after Jim Brady and his wife Sarah. Jim Brady, press secretary...
  • MoveOn girds for battles ahead

    12/02/2004 1:13:03 AM PST · by kattracks · 35 replies · 2,288+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/02/04 | Beth Fouhy, AP
    After President Bush won re-election, many political observers expected to move into retreat. The sentiment surrounding the liberal online powerhouse was neatly summed up by The Onion, a well-known satire publication, in its spoof headline: "MoveOn CurlsUp InCorner."[snip]Armed with over $30 million raised from donors ranging from students to billionaire financier George Soros, MoveOn moved well beyond cyberspace -- organizing star-studded concerts, airing television ads produced by A-list Hollywood directors and mobilizing 70,000 members to walk precincts in key battleground states. But the efforts proved ultimately unsuccessful, and amid the inevitable postelection recriminations MoveOn came in for plenty of...
  • "Concerts Against Bush" Appeal Only To HATERS [Notice They Are Not FOR Anything, Even Kerry]

    08/06/2004 7:44:00 PM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 27 replies · 811+ views
    Just my observation and I hope you spread the word to your local talk radio and to the national talk radio shows. Let people in your circle of friends and your co-workers in on the worst kept liberal secret, those concerts are for HATERS. It's plainly labeled "Concerts Against Bush". It's not about love, it's about hate. So by their own words, those performing and those attending are HATERS. This is the HATEFEST TOUR OF AMERICA.
  • Examine Backers of Vote for Change Tour, Watchdog Group Says (Guess Who)

    08/06/2004 8:07:12 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 937+ views ^ | 8/06/04 | Susan Jones
    ( - A government watchdog group says the finances of the "Vote for Change" rock-music tour deserve the same scrutiny as the finances for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad campaign. The controversial Swift Boat ad features Vietnam Veterans who accuse Sen. John F. Kerry of lying about his war record. The Democratic Party says none of the veterans appearing in the ad served on a Swift Boat with Kerry. Democrats call the ad completely false -- a smear campaign. The Vote for Change tour - featuring Bruce Springsteen and other anti-Bush pop music celebrities - is billed...
  • Vote For Change Tour Announced [Puke-O-Rama: List of Lefty Music Artists Here.]

    08/05/2004 11:51:21 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 815+ views
    Net Music Countdown ^ | 6AUG04 | Krista Desens
    Bruce Springsteen, REM, and more tour for political change. SEATTLE, WA.  Friday 8.6.2004  / -- Is political change in the air for the USA? Artists like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, REM, John Mellencamp, Babyface, John Fogerty, The Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks hope so. These musicians, along with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jurassic 5, Keb' Mo', Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie and My Morning Jacket, have formed a coalition of musicians who make up the Vote For Change Tour. Presented by MoveOn PAC, the tour launches October 1, one month before the...
  • Rockers play for change (WASHED-UP LEFTY POP "STAR" ALERT)

    08/05/2004 5:03:02 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 21 replies · 1,000+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 5, 2004 | JIM DEROGATIS Pop Music Critic
    With a fervor that hasn't been witnessed since musicians in the late '60s united to protest President Richard M. Nixon and America's involvement in the Vietnam War, some of the biggest names in popular music are coming together for an unprecedented series of fund-raising concerts with the goal of unseating President Bush on Nov. 2. Superstars from several diverse genres in rock and country -- among them Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, R.E.M., Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks -- are among the more than 20 bands taking part in the Vote for Change tour, announced Wednesday with a publicity blitz...
  • Chords for Change (Springsteen's Op Ed piece in the NYT today)

    08/05/2004 10:13:10 AM PDT · by Borges · 99 replies · 3,585+ views
    The New York Times
    New York Times August 5, 2004 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Chords for Change By BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN nation's artists and musicians have a particular place in its social and political life. Over the years I've tried to think long and hard about what it means to be American: about the distinctive identity and position we have in the world, and how that position is best carried. I've tried to write songs that speak to our pride and criticize our failures. These questions are at the heart of this election: who we are, what we stand for, why we fight. Personally, for the last...
  • Kerry loan to campaign questioned

    03/01/2004 10:05:46 PM PST · by kattracks · 30 replies · 165+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/02/04 | Donald Lambro
    <p>Sen. John Kerry was asked yesterday to make public all documents involving the emergency $6.4 million bank loan he secured on his Boston town house late last year to finance his then-sagging presidential campaign.</p> <p>At issue is the Mellon Bank's $12.8 million appraisal of Mr. Kerry's house on Boston's Beacon Hill — substantially higher than the city's $6.95 million property-value assessment. That has raised questions from the Massachusetts Democrat's critics about whether he has loaned far more to his campaign than his assets justified and thus violated, or at least stretched, campaign-finance laws.</p>

    12/17/2003 2:25:53 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 147 replies · 2,836+ views
    AmericanInTokyo (translating) from Japanese Website ^ | 17 December 2003 | AmericanInTokyo (translating from original Japanese to English)
    I have come across, (in the Japanese language), the directing of Japanese in Japan (foreign nationals/small contributions) to stateside contribution websites for the HOWARD DEAN FOR PRESIDENT campaign.The Japanese site is located located at: post is from mid-August, but is still up. You will need a font/browser and Japanese language comprehension capabilities to understand the solicitation. This report follows research provided to FREE REPUBLIC in August 2003 [ ] also exposing the DENNIS KUCINICH campaign (which is still openly soliciting in Japanese FOREIGN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS), on the internet in Japan. This also follows Matt Drudge's recent expose on...

    12/15/2003 1:50:41 PM PST · by jtminton · 101 replies · 511+ views ^ | 12-15-2003 | Drudge
    CAMPAIGN CASH RACE TURNS INTERNATIONAL; MOVEON.ORG CENTER OF INTRIGUE; CLARK SEEKS CANADIAN SUPPORT, WEBSITE SHOWS Frustrated with the lack of domestic support, left-leaning website has apparently been reaching beyond American borders to generate cash revenue over the Internet! The provocative international fundraising strategy threatens to embroil the presidential candidacy of General Wesley Clark and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. Both men are named on international fundraising websites suggesting donations to, which has been running ads critical of the Bush Administration, has named an "International Campaigns Director." It is not clear how much money has been raised from...
  • Former exec says Bank of America ordered "compulsory donations" to political candidates

    11/12/2003 9:48:25 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 29 replies · 606+ views
    Associated Press | November 12, 2003 | PAUL NOWELL
    Former Bank of America executive seeks millions CHARLOTTE, N.C. --Bank of America Corp. on Wednesday denied allegations of financial wrongdoing by a former executive who claims he was dismissed for whistleblowing on questionable practices at the bank. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that former Bank of America executive Duncan Goldie-Morrison is seeking $7.3 million plus damages. The paper said Goldie-Morrison filed claims Tuesday with the National Association of Securities Dealers, which handles disputes in the securities industry. Goldie-Morrison also accused Bank of America of inappropriately ordering executives to make charitable and political contributions, the paper reported. Goldie-Morrison was...
  • Wesley Clark Will Return Payments From Speeches

    10/08/2003 10:26:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 29 replies · 236+ views
    AP ^ | October 8, 2003
    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark's campaign said Wednesday night that he will return payments he has received for speeches since declaring his candidacy and will no longer speak for money. Clark spokesman Mark Fabiani issued a statement that said Clark's advisers reviewed federal guidelines and determined that his paid speeches were appropriate. "Nevertheless, to avoid any distraction from the real issues that matter to Americans, General Clark has decided to return the payments from these speeches," the statement said. Kym Spell, a Clark spokeswoman, said she did not know how much money was involved. CSpell said she did...
  • Clark's paid speeches may break law (FEC violation over paid speech on campus)

    10/08/2003 10:23:30 AM PDT · by weegee · 3 replies · 184+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 08, 2003 | no byline
    <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Since retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark announced his candidacy for president, he may have violated federal election laws, the Washington Post reported.</p> <p>Clark talked about his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president during paid appearances at DePauw University in Indiana and on other campuses, the Post said.</p>

    07/28/2003 9:30:12 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 348 replies · 2,482+ views
    (You will need a browser with Japanese font capability, and ability to comprehend written Japanese) As a FReeper Researcher, I have just come across a JAPANESE organization, based on an overseas JAPANESE website, in JAPANESE, that is encouraging foreigners to contribute money to and assist the "Campaign for American President Dennis Kucinich".The URL of the activity was located at: The organization is called "Global Peace Campaign" located in Japan. It is part of an umbrella of socialist and communist organizations opposing US efforts in Iraq, it supports North Korea, and is aligned with the usual communist movements.The website has...
  • Mueller orders probe of major FBI division

    04/11/2003 12:56:55 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 207+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, April 11, 2003 | By Jerry Seper
    <p>FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has ordered an investigation to find out "what went wrong" inside the bureau's Chinese counterintelligence division that allowed a veteran Los Angeles agent to go undetected in his suspected delivery of classified information to a longtime lover, a Chinese double agent.</p>