This “scandal” didn’t really catch hold in 2012. The fraud (major) media, ya know. And the chicken Republicans, ya know. But most of all, Benghazi, don’t you know? Those of us that should have pounced on this international lawlessness were consumed with Benghazi and, of course, that “hateful film.”
The Obama campaign owns more than 400 Web domain names but does not own Obama.com. That is owned by Obama bundler and Chicago expatriate Robert Roche who lives in Shanghai, China. This connection is the prime example of the Obama 2012 campaign method which brought in an estimated $200 million of illegal foreign contributions. Obama is an international brand. People all over the world are drawn to Obama.com and interlocking Facebook pages. When you enter Obama.com, your browser takes you to the donation page of Obama’s Organizing for Action Site (formerly other Organizing for America).
Roche, like other Obama insiders, is in the 1% of the 1% of the hated 1%ers. He is an inside player with the rulers of China. Much of his top altitude wealth and influence flows through a marketing firm in China. Foreigners cannot own businesses in China so his business is owned by the Chinese rulers who sit on his board. When you hear Donald Trump rail against China declaring the Chinese are robbing us blind, you need to see Robert Roche in your mind’s eye. The Obama campaign has a Sunni bundler as well.
The key digging was done by Steve Bannon, Chairman of Breitbart.com and Stanford professor Peter Schweizer. Bannon and Schweizer did the work through the Government Accountability Institute which they cofounded. Bannon is the Chairman and Schweizer serves as the President. They studied Congressional and Presidential campaign contributions with experts digging out deeply buried Web connections. Their findings are published at Campaign Funding Risks.
For those on the go, Investor’s Business Daily laid the story out simply and clearly in this 600 word story:
A new study suggests that President Obama’s campaign systematically pursued foreign contributions to fuel his run for the presidency, a violation of law. Is America’s democracy now for sale to the highest bidder?
The Government Accountability Institute, which is headed by Stanford University Professor Peter Schweizer, used sophisticated Internet investigative tools — including something called “spidering” software — to determine how the web is being used to raise political funds.
What it found should be of concern, since it suggests that many in Congress and, more importantly, the Obama campaign have systematically exploited loopholes in the law to raise millions of dollars overseas — a big chunk of it in the People’s Republic of China.
How is this done? Through the mundane use of what’s called in the credit-card world the Card Verification Value, or CVV. It’s the three-digit number on the back of a card that helps positively identify that the person using the card has it in his or her possession. It’s a key anti-fraud weapon, used by nearly all legitimate e-commerce businesses and charities.
Obama’s campaign doesn’t use it. Mitt Romney’s does. So why the particular concern over Obama?
As the report notes, letting a flood of money into the political system with no verification of its source is an invitation to fraud — especially from overseas.
The report adds, “the Internet’s ability to disintermediate campaign contributions on a mass scale, as well as outmoded and lax Federal Election Commission rules, make U.S. elections vulnerable to foreign influence.”
Is Obama exploiting this? Under federal election law, contributions from foreign sources are prohibited. But the law also doesn’t require a campaign to disclose the source of contributions less than $200, and it doesn’t even have to keep records for those giving less than $50.
In September, for instance, Obama’s campaign announced it had raised $181 million. But if you’re looking for transparency, you won’t find it: Just 2% of that amount — $3.6 million — has to be reported to the FEC.
Of special concern are funds flowing into the Obama campaign from foreign sources, especially China.
In 2008, Robert Roche, a U.S. businessman based in Shanghai with extensive commercial ties to the Chinese government, bought the website Obama.com.
Roche, a big-time bundler for Obama, was given a place of honor at the head table with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at a 2011 state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. Nothing illegal about that.
It’s not clear Roche still even owns Obama.com. But this year, suspiciously, the site began sending visitors to the Obama campaign’s donation page on the Web. Some 68% of Obama.com’s visitors are foreign.
Similarly, the Obama re-election campaign itself seems to be encouraging illegal foreign contributions.
Its social media website, my.barackobama.com, gets about 20% of its visitors from foreign locations. Anyone who uses the website, says the GAI, “immediately begins receiving solicitations for donations.”
However, “At no point … is a visitor asked whether he or she can legally donate to a U.S. election,” it notes.
The revelation is troubling, since China’s government has a history of trying to manipulate U.S. politicians, especially — but not exclusively — Democrats.
In 1996, Chinese agent Johnny Chung gave almost $100,000 to American politicians, much of it from powerful members of China’s military. Chung reportedly gave $300,000 to President Clinton’s campaign.
The Justice Department in 1997 launched two investigations of reported attempts of high-level Chinese officials to “buy influence” with U.S. politicians, especially the Democratic National Committee.
With the Internet, China seems to have found a road to political clout bigger than an eight-lane highway.
Under the current president, the U.S. has largely ceded control of the Western Pacific to China and let that nation’s massive military buildup go unchallenged. Meanwhile, until recently, Obama soft-pedaled even the mildest criticisms of China’s economic policies.
But then, why bite the hand that feeds you
Not directly connected to the illegal activity of the President of the United States but troubling—no, shocking—to Patriots and Constitutional Conservatives is this revelation. Robert Roche serves on the Board of Directors of Forbes Inc. beginning March 9, 2012. Forbes is a major business communications company centered in Forbes Magazine. The well known (and thought of) Conservative commentator, Steve Forbes is the Chairman. Roche would have been hand-picked by Steve Forbes.