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Is Obama Buying This Election With Illegal Donations?

I’m not always willing to put my faith in the anonymous sources of the American Spectator’s Prowler. But coupled with Ken Timmerman’s column, there are now serious questions being raised about millions of dollars in contributions to Obama. And if the Prowler’s right, politics are preventing the FEC from investigating.

In some cases, we already know that phony names have been used to donate tens of thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign. Timmerman:

In a letter dated June 25, 2008, the FEC asked the Obama campaign to verify a series of $25 donations from a contributor identified as “Will, Good” from Austin, Texas.
Mr. Good Will listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You.”
A Newsmax analysis of the 1.4 million individual contributions in the latest master file for the Obama campaign discovered 1,000 separate entries for Mr. Good Will, most of them for $25.
In total, Mr. Good Will gave $17,375.
Following this and subsequent FEC requests, campaign records show that 330 contributions from Mr. Good Will were credited back to a credit card. But the most recent report, filed on Sept. 20, showed a net cumulative balance of $8,950 — still well over the $4,600 limit.
There can be no doubt that the Obama campaign noticed these contributions, since Obama’s Sept. 20 report specified that Good Will’s cumulative contributions since the beginning of the campaign were $9,375.
In an e-mailed response to a query from Newsmax, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt pledged that the campaign would return the donations. But given the slowness with which the campaign has responded to earlier FEC queries, there’s no guarantee that the money will be returned before the Nov. 4 election.
Similarly, a donor identified as “Pro, Doodad,” from “Nando, NY,” gave $19,500 in 786 separate donations, most of them for $25. For most of these donations, Mr. Doodad Pro listed his employer as “Loving” and his profession as “You,” just as Good Will had done.

If this is what we already know from FEC filings, what else is hiding in the $222.7 million from contributions of $200 or less? What’s in the $183.1 million in donations for which the Obama campaign has provided no donor information whatsoever?

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