Apparently Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren raised $12.1 million for her campaign in the 3rd quarter of 2012, which ended September 30. The total fund she raised amounted to $36 million. However, apparently 40%, roughly $16 million, came from online donations from two websites that do not have industry standard protections and are vulnerable to fraud and illegal foreign national donations.
Michael Patrick Leahy writes,
Warren made her reputation as an anti-fraud advocate for consumers.
Of the $28 million Democrat Elizabeth Warren raised for her Massachusetts Senate campaign at the time she had filed the August 17 pre-primary report (covering contributions to June 30, 2012), 42% (approximately $13 million) came from “unitemized” individual contributions donated on two online websites that lack industry standard security protections to prevent illegal donations from foreign nationals. When the Warren campaign’s third quarter reports are finally available, we’ll see if that percentage remains.
It is likely that her most recent $8.7 million of donations includes approximately the same percentage of unitemized small donations. If that pattern holds, then slightly more than $3 million of her previously unreported donations came from unsecure online websites, bringing the total amount that her campaign has raised through websites that are vulnerable to fraud to approximately $16 million.
According to FEC regulations, political campaigns are not required to list the name, address, and occupation of individual donors who contribute less than $200 in an election cycle. Campaigns are only required to report the total amount received from these small donors as “unitemized” individual contributions.
Leahy goes on to demonstrate just how open the websites are for fraud and illegal campaign donations. Neither website have the standard credit card industry CVV and AVS code protections.
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Warren’s campaign is seems to be just as susceptible to corruption as the Obama campaign has demonstrated and should be just as open to investigation of taking illegal contributions.