In September 2008, the Obama campaign raised $150 million, a record at that time, and added 632,000 new donors then. The Examiner wrote that the Obama 2008 campaign was wracked with a similar scandal in which campaign donors were allowed 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." Now, in September 2012, another $150 million has been raised under mysterious circumstances that are again not open to public scrutiny because the donated amounts fell below the reporting limits.
According to the Washington Examiner, “a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation” and uncovered “thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations” to the Obama campaign. Many of those donations have allegedly come from overseas and may be in violation of federal election laws.Hmmm.
National outlets are preparing stories on the matter, and the Obama campaign has been trying to block those stories from being published.
The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the totals,” reported the Obama campaign’s September fundraising haul on Thursday, which shattered the campaign’s August record of $114 million for the most money raised in a month during the 2012 election cycle.
The Obama campaign in August also broke the Romney campaign’s three-month streak in which it beat the Obama campaign in fundraising.
And in August, the Obama campaign raised $25 million from people donating $200 or less. In addition, while the September figures are not yet known, “more than 2 million people” had donated $25 or less as of August to the Obama campaign.