The foreign contribution story I broke in July 2008 took months to pull together. It is irritating to listen to people justify what amounts to an intellectual theft. It is wrong. Not only did we go through thousands of pages of FEC douments, but I followed up with David Keene (yes, Grover's boy) in 2008 as well. He was the President of the ACU, and I implored him to file suit against the BHO campaign. I sent Keene all of the evidence I uncovered and he assured me that the ACU would follow up. But I never heard back.
I wrote over 53 articles, some of them very lengthy, and all of them the result of hard work and creative investigation. It was all inclusive of serious violations of campaign finance fraud, including contributions from Gaza, gibberish donors, non-existent donors, foreign bundling, the exchange rate fiasco, in which people contributed $9.19 (for crying out loud), the fact that Obama websites published lists of people doing the bundling ... which have never been credited to me, and for which my investigative efforts have never been acknowledged.
I merely request that the record kept straight. I am alleging no wrongdoing. But I did break tremendously creative ground, performed a public service, and never got credit for it. And it wasn't a couple articles that might have been missed. It was exhaustive.
Here are the 2008 Atlas posts breaking the story. I think people lifting the work without attribution and credit should see how I broke the story and the amount of work that went into it. Here's the timeline:
July 19, 2008: CAMPAIGN FINANCE FRAUD: Obama, who is Jeanne McCurdy?
July 23, 2008: Obama's Foreign Contributions
July 31, 2008: Obama's Gazan Contributions
July 31, 2008: Obama, Who is Dr. Okechukwu Dimkpa?
August 2, 2008: And then there are Obama's Gibberish Donors ....
August 3, 2008: Obama's Fishy "Personal" Fund Raising Pages
August 4, 2008: WND RUNS MY OBAMA GAZA CONTRIBUTION EXCLUSIVE
August 5, 2008: Poll: AMERICANS DISGUSTED WITH OBAMA'S JIHAD CONTRIBUTIONS
August 10, 2008: OBAMA'S DONATION OBAMANATION: Saputra, Anton , INDONESIA
August 11, 2008: Obama Response to FEC: Chicago Style "Plausible" Deniability?
August 11, 2008: Obama Contributions: Moving On MoveOn's Money
August 13, 2008: To the Best of Obama's Ability
August 14, 2008: ATLAS, AMERICAN THINKER..... MEDIA AVERSION
August 18, 2008: OBAMA'S CONTRIBUTIONS: I SEE FAKE PEOPLE ... OVER THE LIMIT
September 13, 2008: JUST WHO IS CONTRIBUTING BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA?
September 18, 2008: ALSHEIKH, RIYADH CAMPAIGN $$ FOR OBAMA
October 1, 2008: More media on Obama's Foreign, Illegal Contributions
October 4, 2008: More Fraud in the Obama Campaign Donations
October 6, 2008: MCCAIN MENTIONS GAZA CONTRIBUTIONS
October 14, 2008: Atlas Attribution in San Francisco Examiner
October 18, 2008: More Obama Campaign Contribution Irregularities
October 21, 2008: OBAMA'S CONTRIBUTIONS/EXPENSES: ABSOLUTE CORRUPTION
October 23, 2008: OBAMA ACCEPTS DONATIONS FROM AL QAEDA LINKED TERRORISTS
October 24, 2008: National Journal: OBAMA'S FEC LOOPHOLES
October 25, 2008: ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA'S CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ACTIVIST JUDGES
October 27, 2008: CAMPAIGN FINANCE FRAUD: OBAMA'S LATEST RUSE, DEFLECT/RUN
October 27, 2008: I heard Atlas was Cited at FOX this morning on Campaign Finance Fraud
October 29, 2008: OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN BOGUS CAMPAIGN FRAUD RESPONSE
October 29, 2008: OBAMA CAMPAIGN FRAUD:STILL TAKING FICTITIOUS DONORS, CREDIT CARD FRAUD
November 3, 2008: THE BEST ANALYSIS OF CAMPAIGN FRAUD: TOM BLUMER
November 11, 2008: OBAMA ABOVE THE LAW:WILL ESCAPE MASSIVE CAMPAIGN FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
Here is the continuing exchange between Ken Timmerman and Tom Blumer, a man I do not know well, but who clearly has enormous integrity. He took it upon himself to right this wrong. Righteous. Perhaps Ken Timmerman's failure to do the right thing was more than anything else what caused my work to be overlooked by those that picked up his story:
On Apr 20, 2011, at 9:31 PM, BizzyBlog (Tom Blumer) wrote:
Thanks for copying me on your note. It doesn't help when Newsmax changes its article links. The one at Andy McCarthy's Corner item went 404, so I had every reason to believe it wasn't there any more.
Having read your report -- Fair enough on giving credit to Pamela for the foreign contributions element. But otherwise ...
Pamela can defend herself, but it's perfectly obvious to me (and more than a little disappointing) that any reader of your report would come away believing that Newsmax first discovered "Good Will" and that Newsmax did most of the dirty work and was first with the credit-card fraud angle. Neither is the case.
For the life of me, I don't understand why it's so important that people -- left or right, blue or red, MSM or or too many bloggers and talk-radio types -- feel like they can run with content without adequately giving credit or digging deep to find out who really deserves it. You're far from alone, so I'm not really singling you out, and for all I know your editors might have been the ones who watered down Pamela's contributions.
It's a shame, because it looks like Newsmax's treatment served to minimize Pamela's contributions in the minds of others (perhaps including Hot Air, Powerline, Ace, etc.) who jumped on your story. I know as a part-time blogger that when I finally began digging in October of 2008 I had to go about three layers deep before I found who originally did the lion's share of the work. I was appalled that very few knew. I still am.
I know it's spilt milk, but we should all be better than this.
On 4/20/11 7:19 PM, Kenneth Timmerman wrote:
I know the feeling. It happens me all the time.
But in this case, you (and your reader) might go back and read the original, where you are cited twice.
Heads up Atlas readers: Timmerman is referring to the first article he published on September 29, 2008 based on my groundbreaking work. And that URL has been moved it's impossible to find. That was the only tme he referenced my groundbreaking investigation. Please see this for example.
On 4/20/11 4:05 PM, "Pamela Geller" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Ken, Please correct the record.
Yours in liberty,
From Tom Blumer
To: Michelle Malkin
In your otherwise excellent column today, in the "online donor credit-card fraud" section, you wrote:
Weeks before the 2008 presidential election, investigative journalist Ken Timmerman blew the whistle on rampant phony straw contributors slipping through the Obama donation site.
Timmerman's work, based on the Hot Air link you cited, was published on about September 30, 2008.
Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, who you did link to in the "Foreign funny money" section of your column, was also on top of the credit-card fraud problem in late July, specifically citing "Good Will" about two month earlier than Timmerman:
She had an American Thinker column on August 14, 2008 which detailed foreign AND credit-card fraud issues:
For reasons which perplex me to this day, a host of other commentators and conservative bloggers, I would suspect including Timmerman (whose Newsmax article is no longer available), took the results of Pamela's work and presented it as if it was their own, or at a minimum egregiously downplayed her role in gathering and assembling the damning information.
Because of their reluctance to give credit where due, it's understandable that you might believe that Timmerman, Powerline, and several others who got to the story much later were the story's originators. They clearly weren't.
Pamela Geller was the whistleblower. If we had been paying closer attention (myself included), we might have amplified her whistle loud enough to have stopped the madness we are currently enduring known as the Obama administration.