BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: Don’t worry your pretty little heads about the Obama.com owner in China

There’s a reason it’s called BenSmithing when lapdogs pretending to be journalists spin wildly to protect President Eye Candy.

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, a “real journalist,” thinks it’s totally no biggie that the shady website Obama.com, owned by an American Obama bundler in China, exists to forward foreign visitors to an official Obama donation page.

He did journalism and stuff and figured out there’s nothing going on here.

The Government Accountability Institute’s exhaustive investigation into President Obama’s online fundraising (PDF) revealed that 43 percent of traffic to the campaign’s primary website comes from foreign countries. But that astonishing number is dwarfed by the foreign traffic to Obama.com — a whopping 68 percent of visits.

And it’s not that Team Obama doesn’t know this is going on. The campaign is able to identify the traffic from the major donor’s website through a unique affiliate number.

Oh, and the bundler, Robert Roche, has extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party government.

From the GAI report, excerpted at Hot Air:

In 2008, Obama.com was purchased by an Obama fundraiser living in Shanghai, China, whose business is heavily dependent on relationships with Chinese state-run television and other state-owned entities.

Roche is a politically connected Democratic Party contributor whose nineteen visits to the White House since 2009 included a private meeting with Obama in the Oval Office. And just for fun, his company is called Acorn International.

So why should Ben Smith and BuzzFeed have some inkling this is a huge story?

But no. The BenSmithing has begun. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Registered in the Caymans? That sounds vaguely tax dodgy and one-percent-..ey…

    • nickshaw

      What else would you expect from the “do as I say” party?

  • J.N. Ashby

    Registered in the Caymans? That sounds vaguely tax dodgy and one-percent-..ey…

  • 96leroy

    Campaign Finance Reform of 2009: See section 110.20, line 4, item ii for the following:

    (ii) Be aware of facts that would lead
    a reasonable person to conclude that
    there is a substantial probability that
    the source of the funds solicited, accepted
    or received is a foreign national;

    I think the “substantial probability” portion has been well met.

    http://www.fec.gov/law/cfr/cfr_2009.pdf

    • Shawn Smith

      If that’s a 2009 congressional law (as opposed to agency regulation, which it might be), that means that Obama signed the thing himself and then happily proceeded to ignore it. I think there’s a word that describes that kind of thing—oh yeah! Hypocrisy!

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Hypocricy? How about “Indictable”?

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Impeachable?

          • TexSizzle

            Impeach, convict, remove from office, indict, convict, incarcerate.

    • Shawn Smith

      If that’s a 2009 congressional law (as opposed to agency regulation, which it might be), that means that Obama signed the thing himself and then happily proceeded to ignore it. I think there’s a word that describes that kind of thing—oh yeah! Hypocrisy!

  • 96leroy

    Campaign Finance Reform of 2009: See section 110.20, line 4, item ii for the following:

    (ii) Be aware of facts that would lead
    a reasonable person to conclude that
    there is a substantial probability that
    the source of the funds solicited, accepted
    or received is a foreign national;

    I think the “substantial probability” portion has been well met.

    http://www.fec.gov/law/cfr/cfr_2009.pdf

  • Rick Stones

    Why is BuzzFeedBen Smith like the Whirlpool Galaxy? They both spin at over 500,000 mph.

    • Cyborg0012

      Nice.

    • Cyborg0012

      Nice.

  • Rick Stones

    Why is BuzzFeedBen Smith like the Whirlpool Galaxy? They both spin at over 500,000 mph.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Sure……..no one pay attention to the fact that our dear leader has his political revenue machine tied to a communist country which owns 8% of all American debt, and has EVERY interest in seeing a President elected who has a penchant for spending beyond America’s means by borrowing more money from China to spend on socialized programs.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Sure……..no one pay attention to the fact that our dear leader has his political revenue machine tied to a communist country which owns 8% of all American debt, and has EVERY interest in seeing a President elected who has a penchant for spending beyond America’s means by borrowing more money from China to spend on socialized programs.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I honest to God would like to see this end with Sock Puppet going down in flames. Obviously I never liked him (or any Demonrat) much, but the shi’ite coming out in the last couple months – well, I’ve said before how tired I’m getting of saying “unbelievable,” “appalling,” “shameless,” and a few other such terms. Yeah. It’s personal now.

  • http://twitter.com/MRSWestin Loretta Westin

    More relevant than meeting Obama in the Oval Office, how many times did Roche meet with Valerie Jarrett? This is enlightening (but not an answer) : http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/big-donors-democratic-super-pacs-visited-white-house/

  • buslady

    In ’08 when they did this they used prepaid Visa cards that couldn’t be traced. That’s why they PAID MORE for there to be less security on the site from the credit card processors.

  • AlmaAlma

    Obama is funded by the Chinese, lauded by Putin and Chavez, possibly fathered by a card holding Communist – but there is nothing to see here??

    • AlmaAlma

      What does it take to wake people up?