The Wall Street Journal blog reported that last year three brothers from a Gazan refugee camp tried to donate $33,000 to the Obama campaign — by buying t-shirts from its websites. They claimed to be US citizens and listed their address with “GA”, the abbreviation for the state Georgia, and the one that best stands in for Gaza (I love that).
They were able to purchase 32 t-shirts in about 97 on-line attempts. Now that is persistence. What astounds me most about this story is that so much money would be given from such a poor place. In Gaza, 70% of the nonrefugees make less than $1.20 a day. This fact makes alone this story a bit hard to believe. Perhaps it was orchestrated by anti-Obama folks. Who knows.
The Obama campaign complied with federal election prohibitions against foreign donations and refunded most of the money last year and the rest recently. If it was a set-up, they did not go for the bait.
This came right when the campaign excised more Arab-Islamic controversy potential. Its volunteer Muslim Outreach Coordinator, Chicago attorney Mazen Asbahi, resigned after 9 days to avoid any unwanted attention to his past associations with groups and individuals some believe to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Yes, it’s probably all bull. But the standard is higher is when you’re an Arab or Muslim. And it’s even higher when 12% of Americans think the candidate is Muslim.Filed Under 2008 elections, Gaza, obama, Will