“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.” – President Barack Obama.
There has long been talk fluttering around that the Obama campaign has failed to provide safeguards to prevent donations from foreign nationals in other countries. Such donations are illegal by law. To put the theory to the test, World New Daily (WND) used a disposable credit card, faked an street address, faked an email address and attempted to donate to the Obama campaign using an IP (internet protocol) address from Pakistan.
The donation went through to the campaign and was accepted.
The information submitted was: “Osama bin Laden, 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, CA 91101.”
While the website only has options for U.S. states and zip codes, there is no mechanism in place on Obama’s website to verify the individual is actually located in that state or zip code, or even in the U.S.
The Obama campaign refuses to release the identification of donors who give less than $200
In the case of this donation, the 91101 zip code is real but corresponds to Pasadena, Calif., and not Abbottabad, the Pakistani city in which bin Laden was found holed up in a compound.
For a requested phone number, WND used the White House information line of (202) 456-2121.
The email address used to set up the donation account was firstname.lastname@example.org.
After clicking “next,” the website asked for an employer, occupation and a password to set up future donations. WND staff entered the occupation as “deceased terror chief” and the employer as “al-Qaida.”
The transaction was made last Friday with the use of a disposable credit card. The website did not require the card’s security code.
WND tried the same thing with the Romney campaign and the donation was denied.
Thinking this may have been a fluke, WND made another donation and it too was accepted by the Obama administration but rejected by the Romney campaign. (more…)
This is a post that pains us to write. We mean that sincerely.
No matter how we try and phrase it, we fear that this post will be seen as our using a bully pulpit to beat on a group of volunteers. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have defended volunteers at every turn here on Raised on Hoecakes and our defense of this group of volunteers will be no different. We will defend the actions of the people who devote their time and efforts to try and make the city better.
What are we talking about?
The Permanent City Manager Screening Committee finished up their work two nights ago and have come up with 12 candidates they will recommend to the City Council to be interviewed to be the next City Manager.
They should be commended for their work.
However, as their last meeting developed, something strange began to emerge. It appears to us that no one on the committee has ever hired anyone. A search committee should have a variety of people with a variety of experience. One excellent person on the committee is long time resident and former Mayor David Schechter. If there is a person out in the community who has a good idea of the skill set required to be a good city manager, Mayor Schechter would head a short list of those whose understand that skill set. After all, he worked with a City Manager and understands the challenges and requirements.
The rest of the appointments to the selection committee seem to be good people with great experience and great skill sets of their own, but none seemed to have ever hired anyone before. (more…)
After our run in with AT&T the other day, we decided that we would send an email to the company detailing what had happened.
The problem is that AT&T doesn’t like emails. They don’t even have a contact form on their website that a person can fill out. All of their contact is through a phone call or a series of “help” screens.
(As much as we looked, we didn’t find a screen that helped us resolve the issue of “AT&T says we don’t exist,” of even “AT&T sends salesman, but doesn’t want to sell us product.”)
If you are wondering why we are looking for email addresses, it is because we want written records of what is said. Too many times it is easy for people to misunderstand what the other is saying. Having a “paper trail,” for lack of a better term, is always a good thing.
Looking around on the internet, we found two contact email addresses. The first was for the CEO of the company. The second was for what is for basically resolving technical issues, but they also say they will get you help no matter what the issue.
We wrote and email to the CEO. We had no delusions that the email would actually get to the CEO. What we were hoping is our email would get read by someone and forwarded to the appropriate group or division.
That email was returned as the address no longer exists.
We then copied the body of the email and sent it to the technical group that advertised they would help. That was 4 days ago. (more…)
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