Michael Barone reports that the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign once again is refusing to use Address Verification System (AVS) screening for online credit card contributions — you know, the software that ensures that credit cards being used match the names and addresses of the person purportedly making the contribution. This is only something that virtually every business does to protect themselves as much as their customers.
Barone reminds readers of what happened last time:
The 2008 Obama campaign pocketed money from “John Galt, 1957 Ayn Rand Lane, Galts Gulch CO 99999” and $174,000 from a woman in Missouri who told reporters she had given nothing and had never been billed. Presumably she would have noticed an extra charge of $174,000.
Let’s not forget that even the WashPo was critical of the blatant fraud that went on back then.
Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged.
($100 million came in to the ’08 Obama campaign over the internet.)
In recent weeks, questionable contributions have created headaches for Obama’s accounting team as it has tried to explain why campaign finance filings have included itemized donations from individuals using fake names, such as Es Esh or Doodad Pro. Those revelations prompted conservative bloggers to further test Obama’s finance vetting by giving money using the kind of prepaid cards that can be bought at a drugstore and cannot be traced to a donor.
The problem with such cards, campaign finance lawyers said, is that they make it impossible to tell whether foreign nationals, donors who have exceeded the limits, government contractors or others who are barred from giving to a federal campaign are making contributions.
What are we to make of the Obama campaign refusing to employ such basic measures once again other than they continue to keep the welcome mat out for such fraudulent contributions.