I appeared on David Asman’s show on Fox Tuesday evening to discuss the hypocrisy of the Obama gang’s new fallacious attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, projecting Democrat crimes on unsuspecting decent organizations. The whole episode showed up the incredible hypocrisy of Obama and the Democrats, and their callous indifference to the will of the people.
Obama and the Democrats claim that the Chamber of Commerce has been funding Republican candidates using foreign money. But as I show in great detail in my book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War On America (Simon & Schuster), in 2008 Obama’s FEC records were full of donations from people with obviously fake names, and other questionable material. (In contrast, McCain’s were squeaky clean.)
The Obama campaign website even featured a drop-down box enabling donors to specify from what country they were donating. All the donor had to do was check a box certifying that he was legally eligible to make a donation. There was no safeguard in place to make sure that foreign nationals did not donate from these countries, in flagrant defiance of the federal law forbidding candidates from receiving foreign donations.
Obama’s campaign received donations from the world over: the Virgin Islands, Vienna, The Hague, Madrid, London, Geneva, Tokyo, Bangkok, Turin, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Roma, Zurich, Moscow, Milan, Singapore, Beijing, Switzerland, Toronto, Vancouver, Dublin, Panama, Berlin, Geneva, Buenos Aires, Prague, Nagoya, Budapest, Barcelona, Sweden, Taipei, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Zurich, Ragusa, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Uganda, Mumbai, Tunis, Zacatecas, St. Croix, Mississauga, Lima, Copenhagen, Dubai, Jeddah, Kabul, Cairo, and many others.
According to the FEC, the Obama campaign received contributions from three brothers in Gaza: Osama, Monir and Hossam Edwan, totaling $33,000. (It is illegal to receive campaign contributions from foreigners.) One of the Gazan brothers, Monir Edwan (identified here), claimed that he bought “Obama for President” t-shirts off Obama’s website and then sold the t-shirts in Gaza for a profit. All purchases on the Barack Obama website are considered contributions.
The Palestinians allegedly claimed that “they were American citizens,” or at least so said Obama’s people. They listed their address with a zip code of 972 (which is, ironically, the area code for Israel) and they listed “GA” as the state where they were living. That’s the state abbreviation for Georgia (screen shot here), but they were actually lived in a Hamas-controlled refugee camp in Gaza.
So if Obama’s people thought that the Edwan brothers were living in “Georgia,” and didn’t represent illegal foreign contributions to his campaign, why did they ship the t-shirts to the correct address in Gaza? One would think that they might have noticed that the shipping costs to send something overseas to a refugee camp in Gaza are vastly different from what you’d pay to send something to the state next door.
The Obama campaign claimed that it returned these illegal contributions. And they were prepared for this issue to come to the fore again: when I appeared on Asman’s show Tuesday, apparently Obama’s clean-up crew gave David Asman a record of “refunds.” The White House sent Asman this link showing a refund of the money that came from Gaza, but you’ll notice it doesn’t come near the $33,000 donated to Obama from Gaza; nor does it list Osama Edwan’s refund.
Where’s Osama, Obama?
Scrub a dub dub.
We have been down this road before. The Obama camp claimed in 2008 that they had returned the illegal contributions from Gaza, but this never appeared in the records. They claimed for two years that the money had been returned, but the donors in Gaza said it wasn’t. When we reviewed the records, it hadn’t been returned. Obama’s people claimed that virtually all of the money, about $33,500, was returned by December 6, 2008. But they also claimed that because of a “technical error,” the refunds weren’t reported to the FEC.
If McCain had been involved with something so dark and nefarious — taking money from Islamic jihad — his candidacy would never have survived the media firestorm. But in this case the perpetrator was the son of hope, the agent of change, the one we had all been waiting for, and so the media yawned.
But when the Democrats’ accusations against the Republicans showed up their hypocrisy, and I pointed it out, suddenly the money has been returned. The fixers had two years to wash these dirty donations clean. This is dirty pool.
White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, said, “This brings to light the importance of disclosure. The only reason someone like Geller was able to find this out was because of the FEC’s disclosure of donations, something the Chamber of Commerce refuses to do.” Hey Josh, the Chamber is private, the FEC is government.
Aren’t they afraid that their hypocrisy will be exposed? No. The White House is fanatically partisan, bent on destroying the Republicans, and the Democrats don’t care about their hypocrisy on this issue because they know that the leftwing lapdog media will be carrying water for them.
So that means free Americans have to keep up the pressure.