More on Obama fund raising
Mathew Mosk – Washington Post
Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations:
“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.”
Mike Allen – The Politico
Obama donors get access to top advisers:
“Aides to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) scheduled pricey luncheons, roundtables, readings, VIP receptions and policy dinners with campaign officials and advisers, offering donors a taste of his potential administration. Supporters could eat dinner in Los Angeles with Warren Buffett, an Obama adviser and one of historyâ€™s shrewdest investors, for $28,500, the federal limit for donations by an individual to a national party committee… his campaign also has an elaborate machine for courting big check-writers. Obama kept the checks flowing this month with a gold-plated schedule of headliners who would have new prominence in a Democratic Washington.”
Finally, Campbell Brown of CNN reminds us why Obama can afford thirty minutes of primetime on five networks:
Selling access… big donors… big money… sloppy controls… broken promises.
Change we can believe in?