By Duncan Smith
For months, Americans were told — again — that a ‘blue wave’ is coming.
Just like in 2016.
Such is the alleged disdain for law-and-order Republicans and President Donald Trump, the economy builder.
But as we’ve noted time and again in recent weeks, there is a whole bunch of anecdotal evidence suggesting that while there may not be a red wave, a blue one looks less than likely.
We also know that there doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can’t draw flies when they show up for campaign events, let alone many supporters.
Yes, we’re told that’s because of ‘coronavirus social distancing requirements.’
BS. Trump regularly draws thousands of people to his events.
So — with low enthusiasm and signs of shifting support to Republicans all over the place — where is all of the money flowing into Democrats’ fundraising platform, ActBlue, coming from?
Sen. Lindsey Grahan (R-S.C.) wants to know (and so do we).
After the online Democratic platform ActBlue helped raise a record-breaking number of small-dollar donations for some Democratic candidates, Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are calling for lawmakers to review the sources of the money.
Graham, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, recently questioned ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions after witnessing record-breaking donation dollars flood in his state of South Carolina where he is running against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.
Harrison heavily outraised Graham in the third quarter of 2020, setting a new record for any senator by collecting over $57 million. Graham collected $28 million during the same period.
'Where's all this money coming from ActBlue coming from? How easy would it be to just have a bunch of pre-paid credit cards?' Graham asked the Hill.
'Some of these shadowy figures out there running ads, is there any foreign influence afoot?' Graham continued.
'Where is all this money coming from? You don't have to report it if it's below $200,' he continued, 'When this election is over with, I hope there will be a sitting down and finding out, 'OK, how do we control this?' It just seems to be an endless spiral.'
Graham isn’t the first one to ask about funding irregularities flowing through ActBlue.
Fox News reported last month on findings by the Take Back Action Fund that nearly $350 million flowed through the platform from people claiming they were “unemployed” — at a time when the national unemployment rate was less than 3 percent.
‘Unemployed’ people don’t have to list much in the way of information that is traceable to federal election officials.
“After downloading hundreds of millions of [dollars in] donations to the Take Back Action Fund servers, we were shocked to see that almost half of the donations to ActBlue in 2019 claimed to be unemployed individuals,” said Action Fund President John Pudner.
“The name of employers must be disclosed when making political donations, but more than 4.7 million donations came from people who claimed they did not have an employer. Those 4.7 million donations totaled $346 million ActBlue raised and sent to liberal causes.”
Fox News noted:
Pudner said the large number is a red flag that some donations may be illicit contributions from foreign interests attempting to impact U.S. elections.
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