WaPo Finally Covers Obama’s Untraceable Donations

The Washington Post is a week late in getting to the story of the Obama campaign’s low security web donations.  The default setup for credit card transactions is an up front check to match the address and phone number against what is on file; the Obama campaign shut that off and asks us to trust that they are verifying on the back end.  The McCain campaign does perform the default up front check but imagine the scandal if the roles were reversed…

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.


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