The treasurer must check committee records regularly to make sure that successive contributions from one contributor remain within the limits.
An anonymous contribution is limited to $50. Any amount in
excess of $50 may not be used for federal election purposes. 110.4(c)(3).
I have been pouring over docs from Obama’s foreign contributions and it’s rotten. As I pointed out here, there are way too many overseas contributions and I find it hard to believe they are all
American citizens. $500,000 came into the campaign via “not employed” people. How does the FEC monitor that?
Ranging in value from 75 cents to $250 (well over the anonymous limit)
there are 81 donations from all the world (and this is just in the
document I have been analyzing). It is rather suspicious that all 81 anonymous donations are devoid of any identification information. My file on anonymous donations: Download Atlas-AllAnnonymous.pdf
For example, there are two donations on sequential on the 13th and 14th of February of $250 $250 by anonymous country "information requested" no employer no occupation. Again, over the maximum allowed for anonymous contributions.
If one lists by city, there is $223,000 from "information requested" (meaning no info) city. Helloooooooooooo. These are some big donations. Download Atlas-Allindividualdonations.pdf
Single Donors from overseas that exceed the legal limit: [UPDATE CORRECTION -$4,600 is the legal limit–$2,300 for primary, $2,300 for general.]
Single amounts from $4,600 from Margaret Vento (homemaker) on the 8th of June 2007 her country and state was unidentified. [Can she donate $4,600 to the primary race?]
There 5 donations of $4,600. There are three individuals Philip Ryan who works for Credit Suisse, London and he gave four separate donations:
On 31st of March 2007, he gave $2,300.
Then on the 29th of September he gave $2,300 which was then "given back" and on the same day gave he gave $4,600.[Again, this esceeds the primary limit]
Philip Ryan of London gave of total of $6,900 in the year 2007.
The next bizarre donor is Richard Baumann (UK lawyer) has a total of 29, yes folks, 29 transactions. Seven of which are negative. And the balance of which are of course positive.
The total of $4,850 over the legal number. Strangely enough, the all date January, February, May of ’08. They range from $25 to $2,125.
What a frickin mess.
How much money was raised from the phone banks in Gaza (see video)?
From the FEC website.
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The ban on political contributions and
expenditures by foreign nationals was first
enacted in 1966 as part of the amendments
to the Foreign Agents Registration Act
(FARA), an “internal security” statute. The
goal of the FARA was to minimize foreign
intervention in U.S. elections by establishing
a series of limitations on foreign nationals.
These included registration requirements for
the agents of foreign principals and a
general prohibition on political contributions
by foreign nationals. In 1974, the
prohibition was incorporated into the
Federal Election Campaign Act (the FECA),
giving the Federal Election Commission
(FEC) jurisdiction over its enforcement and interpretation (more here)
During the current election cycle, individuals may contribute up to
$2,300 per election to Federal candidates. Contributions of cash which exceed $100 from
one person are prohibited. If a committee receives a cash contribution exceeding $100, it must promptly return the excess amount to the contributor. If an
anonymous cash contribution over $50 is received, the amount in excess of $50 must be used for some purpose unrelated to federal elections.
Contributions made by one person in the name of another are prohibited.
No person may knowingly permit the use of his or her name to effect such a contribution. It is also prohibited to knowingly assist someone in making or to accept a contribution in the name of another. It is also unlawful to knowingly permit the use of one’s name to effect a contribution in the name of another or to help someone make or accept such a contribution.
The treasurer of a committee is responsible for ensuring that all contributions
11 CFR 103.3(b). If the treasurer has reason to suspect that a contribution
is excessive or prohibited, he or she must, within 10 days of receiving the
contribution, either return the contribution to the donor or deposit the contribution.
11 CFR 103.3(a).
UPDATE: Obama’s Gazan Contributions
Atlas reader Cathy has been indispensable in helping to track
Obama’s very questionable campaign donations. She found a one mother of
a red flag. There is a large contributor in the ‘G’s’. Largest. Name
is Monir Edwan. City is Rafah and the State is GA. You’d think GA is for Georgia. IT’S NOT! There is no Rafah Georgia.It’s Rafah GAZA. Although election donor data indicate Georgia, USA here: Donation Details: Adwan, Monir | Rafah, Georgia. There ain’t no such place in the land of Georgia peaches.
It’s a Gaza refugee camp.
The file attached has both Monir & Hosam Edwan. Both from Rafah. Both over allowed spending limit. Here is the file: Download EdwanDetail.xls.
It details Edwans’s contributions totalling $24,321.41.The
contributions are all to Obama the candidate. Different files for the
party or committees.
Cathy’s source of the data is from the FEC site. Presidential
download file zip. Named ALL. Dated 6/30. She went back to find it
today so I could be sure it was legit. Here is the link
Unzipped it is the basis for everything she submitted.
How much money was raised from the phone banks in Gaza (see video)?
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