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October 25, 2008

National Journal Picks Up Story, Weakly

Weakly, weakly.

Unless I missed it, the National Journal article does not mention that the Address Verification System is standard and basic and needs to be deliberately crippled in order to permit this.

I see no pressing questions for Barack Obama, demanding to know what possible reason they might have to deliberately cripple the most basic form of credit card security.

I cannot stress enough: AVS is default. It is not an arcane option you can choose. It is the default. To turn it off requires deliberate, intentional action.

And Barack Obama cannot offer any plausible legitimate reason for doing so.

Why does Barack Obama has less security on his credit card donations than my local cheesesteak shop?

And the Records Have Been Purged: Jerry writes--

One thing they did get, though, is important: an Obama spokesperson confirming that they do not keep credit card numbers.

This confirms that with AVS also turned off, there is no way for the Obama campaign to know how many times someone has donated, and how much, even if a donor uses the same credit card each time.

That's of moderate importance, because I've seen comments on other sites claiming that this isn't a big deal, the Obama campaign will still know if someone goes over the limit because they have the card number. If the quotes in the NJ article are correct, they don't have the card number. All they have is a bunch of names and addresses that are made up and can change with each submission.

Biff: on media priorities:

What makes this lack of reporting all the more remarkable, is when one pauses to consider all of the other lame hit pieces that has occupied the headlines over the last few weeks, not the least of which was.......gulp......Palin wearing nice clothes.

Reporting on the 'scandal' of Palin wearing nice clothes,

ignoring the intentional systematization of donation fraud.

This'll be one for the history books.

Something like $63 million has poured into Obama's coffers from foreign sources -- the tip there is that the donations end in pennies, like $43.36, which indicates they've been converted from foreign currency. Hence the odd amount of the donation.

Until very recently, Barack Obama did not even require overseas donors to prove their citizenship (as McCain and Hillary have always done) via a passport number or some other measure.

He did this deliberately. He only began asking for passport numbers when our sleepy-headed press roused itself enough to write an article on his deliberate law-breaking.

Where the fuck are the quotes from Obama's camp?

Camp Obama almost certainly offered "no comment," a damning statement in this context.

Where is that quote?

Why is National Journal playing this as a problem with "the system" rather than a deliberate subversion of the system by The One?

Hillary Clinton and John McCain had no problem keeping AVS turned on. Why is it Obama and Obama alone deliberately turned off the basic, standard system for verifying that credit card donations are being made by people legally entitled to donate?

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