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October 07, 2012

Rumor: Major Donor Scandal About To Rock White House

So, this started to trickle out Thursday night when the Washington Examiner published a story questioning whether Obama's poor debate performance might be related to a soon-to-be broken donor scandal story.

President Obama's reelection campaign, rattled by his Wednesday night debate performance, could be in for even worse news. According to knowledgeable sources, a national magazine and a national web site are preparing a blockbuster donor scandal story.

Sources told Secrets that the Obama campaign has been trying to block the story. But a key source said it plans to publish the story Friday or, more likely, Monday.

According to the sources, a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising and has uncovered thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations to Obama and Capitol Hill, allegedly from unsecure accounts, and many from overseas. That might be a violation of federal election laws.

Drudge picked it up that night and teased it as a top-of-the-column story, but it had disappeared by Friday.

Next, the Obama campaign shocked everyone by announcing they had raised an unbelievable $181 million in September. Rather curiously, only 2% of the total amount raised was reportable.

The campaign said that just over 1.8 million people made donations to the campaign last month. According to the campaign, over 500k of these were brand-new donors, having neither given in 2008 nor 2012. 98% of contributions were under the reporting threshold of $250. Of these, the average contribution was $53.
This "national magazine and web site" is believed to be Newsweek/Daily Beast. This might seem impossible, but they did publish this thorough take-down of Obama in August and Eli Lake has been a one man wrecking crew in his Libya investigation.

Moe Lane is sold as well. We shall see. I'll have more on this later. I poked around Thursday night and noticed some hastily-made odd changes to Obama's site (teaser: donate.barackobama.com now forwards to contribute.barackobama.com, a change made recently).

Update: Katie Pavlich at Townhall says the story could break as early as tonight.


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