The right blogosphere is abuzz with excitement about pending allegedly blockbuster revelations about the Obama campaign accepting illegal campaign contributions. Allahpundit at Hot Air explains that the story first broke during the 2008 campaign, but now there is more. About the 2008 revelations, he writes:
If the term “Doodad Pro” doesn’t mean anything to you, get up to speed so that you have the background needed to appreciate this new story if/when it drops. Start with Patrick Ruffini’s post from the end of the 2008 campaign explaining how lax security on Obama’s campaign donation website created an opportunity for fraudulent donations. The Washington Post picked up the story a few days later, reporting that the campaign not only was accepting money from untraceable prepaid credit cards but that it “had chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged.”
Patrick Ruffini? The Washington Post? Patrick Ruffini wrote about it on October 23, 2008. Then WaPo picked it up on October 29. But actually it was I who broke this story. Atlas readers knew about Doodad Pro and other fake contributors to the Obama campaign when I wrote about Obama's illegal campaign contributions on July 31, 2008. My first post about illegal contributions to his campaign was on July 19, 2008, over three months before Ruffini or anyone else had the story.
Then on August 14, 2008 I published an article in the American Thinker detailing the illegalities and irregularities of so many contributions to the Obama campaign. This story was so much my work that when Tom Blumer wrote about it at PJ Media on November 2, 2008, he gave me full credit: "In mid-August, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, writing at American Thinker, summarized a pattern of irregularities she had found."
And I laid out the whole thing in full in my book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War On America.
So now Hot Air's Allahpundit tells his readers that Patrick Ruffini and the Washington Post broke this story. I don't care if they don't want to credit me, but be accurate. And remember: if you want to get the stories before anyone else, even before the faltering flagships of the right blogosphere, read Atlas Shrugs.
Here is my Thinker piece from August 2008 that gives you the background on the illegal contributions from 2008, and contextualizes what is evidently about to break now:
The media took little notice of what I was substantiating. I went so far as to upload the documents so that anyone could do their own research. I asked readers to download the documents and a number of folks pitched in.
And yet still no media.
Still no media.
And still no media.
....a Washington Post story detailing some suspicious looking contributions to the McCain campaign bundled by Harry Sargeant III. Shortly after posting, a correction appeared in the original report, as follows:
An earlier version of this story about campaign donations that Florida businessman Harry Sargeant III raised for Sen. John McCain, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton incorrectly identified three individuals as being among the donors Sargeant solicited on behalf of McCain. Those donors -- Rite Aid manager Ibrahim Marabeh, and lounge owners Nadia and Shawn Abdalla -- wrote checks to Giuliani and Clinton, not McCain. Also, the first name of Faisal Abdullah, a McCain donor, was misspelled in some versions of the story (noted by Amanda Carpenter).
And that is meant to be a lesson to all of us, Whatever you find, whatever you discover about the Candidate of Mystery, they will blow it back in your face. And they did. Almost immediately.
Obama's out there raising millions, some in illegal donations and the Washington Post jumps on McCain for a $50k, which hasn't been shown to be illegal, but merely "inappropriate." The left and their handmaidens, the main stream media, were so quick to deflect this hit, it seems we have hit a raw nerve. I intend to keep digging. Stay tuned.