Posts Tagged ‘lottery’

Another Obama lottery with a predetermined winner

January 6, 2009

We will say up front that Obama’s actions subsequent to his election have been far less radical than we would have predicted (given the content of Dreams From My Father and Obama’s membership in a racist church). If, despite the very poor first impression he gave us during the campaign, he does a good job, we will acknowledge that he has exceeded our expectations.

Obama must realize in turn, however, that fundraising through rigged online lotteries (this one is legal because it provides a way to enter without making a donation) undermines his credibility and reinforces negative expectations. This is not, incidentally, the first time this has happened. (more…)

Do Obama’s Recent Fundraising Letters Violate Federal Anti-Gambling Laws?

November 2, 2008

Do any attorneys want to weigh in on this question?
The Obama campaign has already been warned by Minnesota law enforcement officials against running “Backstage with Barack” and “Dinner with Barack” lotteries in Minnesota and possibly Colorado. Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety counseled Obama for America to provide a means of entering to win a chance to meet Barack Obama without making a donation, which would remove the “payment of consideration” element that makes the scheme an illegal lottery. The Obama campaign agreed to do so, but it apparently broke this promise to Minnesota’s law enforcement agencies as of October 31 2008.

We are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice, but Missouri’s definition of illegal gambling is typical of that in most states. Bracketed material relates these definitions to Friday’s E-mail from the Obama campaign, “Will You Join Me on Election Night?” We have meanwhile received three similar E-mails since then. Note also that Barack Obama, an attorney, signed his name to the solicitation that appears below.

    Three elements make up an illegal promotion:

    1. Prize is any benefit, cash or property awarded to a winner. [“If you’re selected, you can bring a guest, and we’ll fly you in and put you up in a hotel for the night. You’ll go backstage at the big event and — no matter what happens — you’ll have a front row seat to history as we celebrate the supporters who got us over the finish line.”]
    2. Chance means the winner is chosen by “luck” with little or no skill or ability involved. [“We’re saving some of the best seats in the house for 5 people who make their first donation to the campaign before Sunday at midnight. If you’re selected…”]
    3. Consideration is the exchange of something of value for the opportunity to participate in the game. [“Any donation counts — whatever you can afford. Show your support at this crucial time with a donation of $5 or more, and you could join me on Election Night”]

In addition, Federal law prohibits illegal gambling. (more…)

BREAKING: Obama Runs Another Online Lottery After Being Warned by Law Enforcement

October 31, 2008

Law enforcement warned the Obama campaign against running lotteries, but Obama is doing it again anyway. We encourage our readers to report this Web page to their states’ gambling law enforcement agencies. (Google cache of the Web page touting the lottery)
Obama camp’s illegal lottery modified: Campaign’s promotion strayed into definition of banned gambling reports,

    Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has moved quickly to fix a promotion that strayed into the area of illegal gambling after WND broke the story on the activity.

    The campaign was offering a chance to be picked for a trip to the Democratic National Convention for a contribution of at least $5. However, as a gambling analyst for Colorado-based Focus on the Family told WND, that not only probably violated state laws banning gambling, it also probably violated federal bans.

    Doug Forsman, a special agent with Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety, had confirmed the illegality of the promotion.

    He gave the campaign two options, the newspaper said, to void the contest where such bans exist or to change the rules to allow people to participate without gambling any of their money.

    Forsman confirmed Kendall Burman, staff counsel at Obama’s Chicago headquarters, informed him the “donation,” which had been a requirement earlier, would be made optional.

Today, October 31, the Obama campaign broke its promise to Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety. (more…)

Obama’s Illegal Fundraising Methods, Misuse of Tax Exempt Money, Reinforce ACORN Scandal

October 17, 2008

ACORN and its questionable voter registration methods are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to disreputable and possibly illegal election tactics. They include arguably illegal and possibly rigged–with winners selected before the entry deadline, misuse of tax exempt church resources for electioneering, and foreign contributions. Here is a convenient list of links for further details.

  1. Acceptance of contributions from foreign sources, and in excess of the $2300 individual contribution limit
  2. Fundraising through potentially illegal (and possibly rigged, with predetermined winners) “Dinner with Barack lotteries”
  3. Misuse of tax exempt church resources for electioneering:
    “A Politics of Conscience” at the United Church of Christ’s 2007 Annual
    Synod
  4. Other questionable campaign financing practices
  5. Allegations of Election Fraud and Voter Intimidation (Nevada Caucuses)

(Copy, Paste, and Circulate) Obama’s Creative Campaign Financing

September 19, 2008

Barack Obama expects to buy the Presidential election with eight figures’ worth of advertising on radio, television, and other media, just as his supporters at MoveOn.org claim to have bought the Democratic Party. If you circulate the following information to friends and neighbors, blogs, and other media, it will eventually reach every voter with Internet access, and then Obama’s big money sources won’t do him the slightest bit of good. Barack Obama needs to learn the hard way that the United States is not for sale to him and his big money sugar daddies, and MoveOn.org needs a good hard kick in its collective teeth from the REAL Democratic Donkey.

Barack Obama says he wants to get away from “special interest” funding of elections with donations of $5, $25, or “whatever people can afford.” The truth is that he has funded his campaign with “Dinner with Barack” lotteries of questionable legality, and possibly predetermined winners, six-figure bundled contributions from “ordinary people” like Lehman Brothers (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00009638), and diversion of the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources to his campaign. (more…)

Barack Obama’s Unethical and Possibly Illegal Fundraising Practices

August 18, 2008

This article is the first in a series that underscores Barack Obama’s serious deficiencies in character, ethics, and integrity. The links appear at “Barack Obama: Powered by Hate,” a compilation of Obama’s questionable campaign financing practices, plus enablement and empowerment of racists, anti-Semites, and Catholic-hating bigots. In all cases, we provide links and references so the reader can verify for himself/herself the truth of the statements. This is very important because of the numerous smears and urban legends that are in circulation.

Barack Obama’s unethical, dishonest, and possibly illegal campaign financing schemes include:

  1. “Dinner with Barack” lotteries that were probably illegal forms of gambling in many jurisdictions, and one of which may have been rigged. It announced a winner before the entry deadline, which suggests that not every campaign donor had an equal chance to win.
  2. Misuse of the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources for electioneering. A key talking point is the fact that Obama wrote (thus showing premeditation) a campaign-related speech, “A Politics of Conscience,” after promising the UCC that no campaign-related activity would take place at its annual synod in Hartford.
  3. Acceptance of contributions from foreign sources, and in excess of the $2300 individual limit.

(more…)

Obama Campaign Censors Illegal Lottery Allegations

July 21, 2008

Campaign tries to keep supporters from seeing controversy over fundraising lottery

We reported previously that the Obama campaign, in response to complaints from Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety, modified its fundraising lottery to allow people to enter without making a donation. It was the opinion of Minnesota law enforcement that, prior to this change, the need to make at least a small donation in exchange for a chance toan expenses-paid trip to the Democratic National Convention constituted an illegal lottery. There is also a question as to whether the winners were really picked randomly, noting that a previous lottery winner was announced before the entry deadline.

The Obama campaign is afraid, and rightly so, that its use of questionable fundraising methods will alienate its supporters, so it is doing its best to censor this information so as to keep supporters and contributors from seeing it. The campaign’s moderators and administrators deleted the following blog entry from my.barackobama.com, doubtlessly because they do not want the site’s users to know that the campaign ran what might be an illegal lottery. (more…)

Scandals Undermine Obama Fundraising

July 17, 2008

Internet lotteries, misuse of tax exempt church resources, and campaign-sanctioned hate speech cut into Obama fundraising

Two or three months ago, Republicans’ biggest fear was that Obama’s sophisticated Internet network would raise enough money to overwhelm McCain with limitless funds for advertising. Barack Obama believed this as well, as shown by his decision to reject Federal funding (and spending limits) for his campaign.

The following E-mail from David Plouffe now reports, however, that McCain’s admittedly more primitive fundraising system is outperforming Obama’s system. It also suggests that disgruntled Obama supporters are closing their wallets and purses to further solicitations. Potential explanations include spreading scandals about Obama’s methods of raising money or its equivalent–including Internet lotteries of questionable legality along with misuse of tax exempt church resources–and his campaign’s sanction of anti-Semitic, misogynist, and racist hate speech along with actual libel at My.BarackObama.com. (more…)