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Limbaugh Cites Newsmax on Obama Fundraising

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2008 11:53 PM

By Phil Brennan


America's most-listened-to talk radio host took on Sen. Barack Obama's "eye-popping fundraising operation."

On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh criticized the major media for ignoring the Newsmax recent report by correspondent Ken Timmerman revealing the curious foreign and secret flows of money into Obama's campaign.

Limbaugh declared: "The bottom line is this. Obama is raising gobs and oodles of money from foreigners outside the United States — this is a violation of federal law — and matching gobs and oodles of money inside the United States from phantoms, who are blowing out the individual contribution limits by among other devices making up identities and breaking up contributions in amounts less than $200 for which reporting requirements are less rigorous. "

"Now," according to Kenneth Timmerman, "The Obama campaign has raised nearly half a billion dollars — $429.6 million — but refuses to provide the names of most of the donors. Election law requires the campaign to track this information, but not for him to disclose the names of those who donate less than $200, which is most Obama donors."

Quoting Timmerman's Newsmax story, Limbaugh added, "It should be pointed out that Senator McCain discloses the names of all of his donors. The Obama campaign has raised millions of dollars from outside the United States. Only Americans living overseas can lawfully contribute, but because the Obama vetting machinery is negligent."

Limbaugh offered his take: "The Obama vetting machine is negligent. It doesn't exist, there is no vetting of Obama by the Drive-Bys, — the probability is that enormous sums are coming from foreigners."

"The campaign knows the FEC is a lethargic agency, and won't have a full accounting until perhaps after the election." Limbaugh added.

More than $220 million in donations to the Obama campaign came from donors who they said contributed less than $200. Under federal rules, Obama need not disclose the names of those donors.

Limbaugh has a suggestion: "Of course this isn't going to matter to anybody, but it does provide perhaps a question that Senator Palin could raise in the debate tomorrow night. She could simply bring this up and ask Senator Biden about all of this unaccounted-for-money that's coming in in less than $200 increments so that it can't be tracked and that some of the money might be illegal. It would be delicate the way she'd have to go about it, but she nevertheless could do this kind of thing."


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