A newly released video from a citizen journalist shows that making contributions to the Obama campaign website is significantly easier than say, for other Presidential candidates – because it doesn’t require the standard credit card verification code.
The video can be seen here – Obama Donations – Anyone, Anywhere
The description reads:
The Obama campaign does not have the universal 3-digit security code feature for credit card transactions on their website. It appears that anyone, anywhere can donate to President Obama’s re-election campaign, all you need is a credit card number. Watch me put Obama’s donation system, as well as his opponents, to the test.
Why is this such an issue?
Well for one, the Obama campaign website accepted donations from people named Nidal Hasan, Adolph Hitler, and Aunt Zeituni.
The PJ Tatler explains how this can happen:
Let’s take a look at the three campaign websites mentioned in the video. Here’s Obama’s donation page.
The Obama campaign’s donation page for Americans living outside the US also lacks the security verification code field.
Here’s Mitt Romney’s donation page. I’ve circled the verification number field on it. I would have done the same on Obama’s page, but it wasn’t there.
Here’s Rick Santorum’s donation page. The security code field is circled in red.
Only the Obama campaign’s web site lacks the security code field. The others require it, and will not accept donations unless the security code and payment information match up.
In 2008, the Obama campaign did the same exact thing.
There’s three main points that the Tatler smartly points out with this method of accepting donations…
One, the Obama campaign disabled the verification system. The verification system is turned on on web sites that accept credit cards, by default. I used to manage the website for the Texas Republican Party, so I know this from personal experience. Someone had to take the action of turning it off on the Obama site. Two, the Obama campaign can accept donations without the identity of the donor being positively verified. Three, not only can people in foreign countries donate to the Obama campaign in violation of federal campaign law, so apparently can identity thieves who have access to stolen credit card numbers. People who do not know that their credit cards have been compromised may not notice small amounts in the $3 dollar donation range that the Obama campaign has been targeting, when such donations show up on their statements.