Obama’s Newest Donor: John Galt; Updated
UpdateX3: According to Allahpundit, blogger Suitably Flip just successfully donated with the following information:
Name: Nodda Realperson
Address: 1000 This Is a Bogus Street
City/State: Neighborhood of Makebelieve, CA
Employer: Barack Obama
Occupation: Cow-Eyed Disciple
Update X2: Yet more successful tests at Ace.
Frankly, its easier than I’d believe to do this. Courtesy of my (real) CC number and expiration date, the Obama campaign has just received a $19.45 donation from mister Adolf Hitler, whose occupation is “Dictator” at the company “National Socialist Party of Ger” (I got cut off). I captured screenshots to prove this.
No verification required. The listed address wasn’t even close to my real address.
Update: A reader at National Review tried it with the name, “JarackBoe BOamabiden,” and it worked. A Hot Air reader also reports using a fake name and it going through. The transaction appeared on his credit card statement immediately, but under “pending”. We’ll have to see if it clears.
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Not just someone by that name, but with a false address in a fictitious zipcode. Actually, it was an experiment by a Power Line reader who was trying to find out if Obama’s website would accept bad donations. It does.
I went to the Obama campaign website and entered the following:
Name: John Galt
Address: 1957 Ayn Rand Lane
City: Galts Gulch
Then I checked the box next to $15 and entered my actual credit card number and expiration date (it didn’t ask for the 3-didgit code on the back of the card) and it took me to the next page and… “Your donation has been processed. Thank you for your generous gift.”
This simply should not, and could not, happen in any business or any campaign that is honestly trying to vet it’s donors. Also, I don’t see how this could possibly happen without the collusion of the credit card companies. They simply wouldn’t allow any business to process, potentially, hundreds of millions in credit card transactions where the name on the card doesn’t match the purchasers name.
In short, with the system set up as it is by the Obama camp, an individual could donate unlimited amounts of money by simply making up fake names and addresses. And Obama is doing his best to facilitate this fraud. This is truly scandalous.
If his campaign accepts donations from fictional characters at fictitious addresses, how can we be expected to believe that it doesn’t accept donations from real people at real addresses who aren’t American citizens? How can we believe that this is the first time this has been done? Remarkable.