The New York Times has once again published an article citing a Newsmax story that first raised questions about Barack Obama’s fundraising.
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In a Friday story headlined “Fictitious Donors Found in Obama Finance Records,” The Times disclosed that an analysis of campaign finance records “this week found nearly 3,000 donations to Mr. Obama … from more than a dozen people with apparently fictitious donor information.”
One contributor used the name “Jgti Jfggjjfgi” and listed an address of “thjtrj” in “gjtjtjtjtjtjr, AP.”
Noting that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed a complaint against the Obama campaign questioning the legitimacy of the more than $220 million in small donations to Obama’s campaign, The Times reported:
“The complaint followed an article on the conservative Web site Newsmax.com that highlighted thousands of dollars in contributions, made in increments of $25 dating back to March, from ‘Good Will’ in Austin, Tex., who listed his employer as ‘Loving’ and his occupation as ‘You,’ as well as thousands of small contributions that started last November from a ‘Doodad Pro’ in Nunda, N.Y., with the same employer and occupation.”
In a Sept. 29 report, Newsmax correspondent Kenneth R. Timmerman first raised questions about Obama’s fundraising, disclosing that more than half of the money raised by Obama “has come from small donors whose names the Obama campaign won’t disclose.”
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The Times observed in an earlier story, published Oct. 6, that Newsmax “highlighted some obviously questionable contributions Mr. Obama had received that far exceeded the $4,600 an individual can contribute.”
But The Times has evidently sought to downplay the story, asserting on Friday that “there is no evidence that questionable contributions amount to anything more than a small portion of Mr. Obama’s fundraising haul.”
The Times also referred to officials with “campaign finance watchdog groups” who said there is “no proof of a widespread problem.”
But The Times did acknowledge that about 70 percent of Obama’s donations are not reported because they are less than $200 and therefore do not have to be disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.
RNC officials claim there is no way they can to verify the legality of Obama’s donations without public disclosure, and have asked the Obama campaign to make the names of all donors available to the public, as John McCain’s campaign has done.
Sean Cairncross, the general counsel for the RNC who filed the complaint, told Newsmax: “The Obama campaign has steadfastly refused to make that information public.”
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