Claim: Obama campaign website accepted real donation from fake ‘Osama bin Laden’

David Martosko Executive Editor
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A Jerusalem journalist writing for a conservative website reported Monday night that he was able to make two small financial contributions to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in the name of the late terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Aaron Klein, writing for WorldNetDaily, said he successfully made campaign donations of $15 and $5 through a “proxy” service that masked his location and provided the Obama campaign website with a Pakistani Internet Protocol (IP) address instead.

The Obama campaign, Klein wrote, accepted and acknowledged both contributions, made with a disposable credit card, and followed up with additional fundraising emails to a Gmail account set up in the dead terrorist’s name.

“Thanks so much for your donation of $5.00,” read one such email. “Please take 10% off your next purchase of $10 or more at our online store.”

“You’re one of the campaign’s most committed supporters,” read another form-letter email signed by Michelle Obama. “Please make a donation of $19 or whatever you can today.”

Knowingly accepting political donations from non-U.S. citizens is a violation of federal law. (RELATED — Claim: Obama campaign illegally solicited foreign donors via social media website)

WorldNetDaily did not attempt to make similar donations to Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, but noted a recent New York Post report in which a British citizen was able to donate to Obama but not to Romney.

“When I did Romney’s, the payment got rejected on the grounds that the address on the card did not match the address that I entered,” the experimental donor told the Post. “Romney’s Web site wanted the code from the back of card. Barack Obama’s didn’t.”

The Government Accountability Institute told the Post that Obama’s online fundraisers “do not make one effort to try to even see or ask somebody to check a box that says they are a US citizen.” (RELATED: Amid foreign donations scandal, Chinese government blocks access to obama.com)

WorldNetDaily provided a symbolic but inaccurate billing address for the dead “bin Laden” — 911 Jihad Way, Abbottabad, CA 91101 — along with a fake phone number that corresponded to a public-information line at the White House.

President Obama gave the order to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011, green-lighting a May 1 raid in Abbotabad.

WorldNetDaily said it is preparing an affidavit for the Federal Election Commission and the FBI.

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