Craig, the reader that contributed to Obama as John Galt, Osama Bin Laden, and Bill Ayers provides is with this troubling update. Craig writes me:
"Given the bad PR and the additional cost for all their CC transactions; why is the AVS still turned off?
This story first broke in the blogs in a big way last Wednesday, and the MSM starting asking the Obama campaign about it by the end of the week.
So the Obama campaign surely knows the basic facts of the story and its potential liability; that they don’t have even the most basic security measures initiated at their website.
Just to cover their butts; don’t you think they would have turned those features back on? So they can claim “yes, we discovered the issue and have rectified it several days ago…blah, blah, blah….”
So, I tested the system, yet again, this morning with the same credit card – this time with Karl Marx as the donor – and sure enough, it went thru.
But Why? Why would they continue to expose themselves to this potential scandal?
My bet is (in spite of their claims that it’s too difficult to make the info available) they know down to the penny the exact details of all their under $200 donors and the serial-CC-fraudsters and the simply can’t afford to give up the money. Also, as reported here , it’s actually costing them more per transaction to process all their online donations. Even the ones that aren’t fraudulent.
So they know this is a PR issue, and it’s more expensive on a per transaction basis, yet the AVS remains disabled.
I can only conclude; they know this is such a significant percentage of their overall revenue, that it spite of the publicity they have to continue to allow the fraud in order to meet their budget goals. They must know just how many of those small donations are coming from fraudulent sources, and if they turn the security on it could drastically impact those $150-million donation months?"
Also, if they did publically announce that they restored the security features and a big drop in the fundraising figures ensued, it would only confirm all the fraud up to that point. Meaning, if the fundraising reports show a big drop in CC transactions after they turned the AVS back on, it would be evidence of the crime.
It certainly seems to follow from the facts. If this was really an insignificant portion (WaPo says 1%) of their donations it would be a good PR move to simply turn the security on. But they don’t.
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