Aaron Klein over at WND picked up on the story I broke here: Obama’s Gaza Contributions on July 31: 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 total $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)?
Here’s an excerpt of the WND article:
Money quote: :"My brother Hosam and I knew that Obama will be a big hit even before he became
a candidate. We knew the guy would be a celebrity in Gaza so we
decided to invest the amount of $29,000 to buy Obama T-shirts from his website
and sell them in Gaza," Monir Edwan told WND, speaking by cell phone from Gaza".
JERUSALEM – Palestinian brothers inside the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are
listed in government election filings as having donated $29,521.54 to Sen. Barack
The donations would violate election laws, including prohibitions on
receiving donations from foreigners and guidelines against accepting more than
$2,300 from one individual during a single election, Bob Biersack, a spokesman
for the Federal Election Commission, told WND in response to a query.
The contributions also raise numerous questions about the Obama
campaign’s lax online donation form, which apparently allows for the
possibility of foreign contributions.
Last week, the Atlas
Shrugs blog outlined a series of donations in 2007 made to Obama’s campaign
from two individuals, Monir Edwan and Hosam Edwan, totaling $29,521.54.
In an online form on Obama’s campaign site, the Edwans listed their street as
"Tal Esaltan," which they wrote was located in "Rafah, GA."
Rafah is not a city in Georgia. The Atlas blog immediately raised concerns
that the money may have been donated from the Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
The Edwans’ donations are listed in both FEC filings and other election
filing sites, such as CampaignMoney
UPDATE: Stop the ACLU is covering it as well.
UPDATE: TINBH in the comment section
The story is now being featured live (8 pm – eastern) on WMAL 630 (DC area) as a "breaking news" story. Also according to WMAL 630 – Reuters has picked it up and 630 also reports that ABC is vetting the story at this time. WMAL 630 -just credited "Atlas Shrugs" for original story break.
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