The Times Online broke the story about Onyango on October 30, 2008 and reported that she had been living in a rundown public housing estate in South Boston. The Times also reported that Ms. Onyango had "made a $260 campaign contribution to her nephew's presidential bid from a work address in the city." The Times mistakenly assumed that because Ms. Onyango had made a campaign contribution to Obama's Presidential campaign, this "would indicate that she is a US citizen." Two days after the Times broke the story - on November 1, 2008 - the Obama campaign hastily reimbursed the money to Ms. Onyango.
But of course, this seemingly minor, and perhaps unintended, infraction pales in comparison to the myriad of contributions that Obama had received from foreign donors all across the Globe, as Pamela Geller noted earlier this year in a post on the Big Government blog:
...Gaza was not alone. The contributions came from over 50 nations. And many seemed intent on skirting campaign finance laws: Obama’s foreign contributors were making multiple small donations, ostensibly in their own names, over a period of a few days, some under maximum donation allowances — but others were aggregating in excess of the maximums when their contributions were all added up. Other donations came in from donors with names such as “Hbkjb,” “jkbkj,” and “Doodad.” Also, thousands of Obama’s foreign donations ended in cents. This was evidence of foreign contributors sending in donations in foreign currencies that exchanged into odd amounts. Americans living overseas would almost uniformly be able to contribute dollars, in set amounts.
The Obama campaign received a substantial amount of money from countries that have an interest in seeing a weak American President: $366,708.22 from China; $25,259.00 from the United Arab Emirates; $7,062.60 from Russia; and $6,716.28 from Saudi Arabia. Obama also took in $6,350.00 from Indonesia; $5,000.00 from Kenya; and $1,750.00 from Egypt.
The FEC alleges that Obama also illegally took donations from Tamil Tiger leaders. The Tamil Tigers are, according to the FBI, the most successful terrorist group in the world...
There are many other questions and mysteries regarding Obama’s campaign finances. The Puma P.A.C. blog notes: “Obama spent a record $744 million on his campaign but has disclosed donors for only $485 million of his windfall.”...
And now the influence peddling has manifested itself in Obama’s catastrophic first year.
The FEC generally takes several years to process a complaint, and their statutory limit is five years. The commission still needs to vote on any action, but if they decline, the complainant can sue the FEC. So the complaint is ongoing.
If justice is to be done, Barack Obama will have to own up to his violations of campaign finance law, and pay the political price. An audit of Obama’s campaign finances is long overdue.