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I'm with Ryan Sager—this story really makes a mockery of campaign finance regimes.

"Californians for Obama" boasted an official-looking Web site (www.californiansforobama.com) that was graced by a smiling photo of the candidate. The site pitched a star-studded Obama "Women of Power" cruise for 2,000 to Mexico that attracted donors like a 65-year-old woman from Compton (Los Angeles County), who said she has paid the $2,423 cruise fee believing the funds would help support her candidate.

But a Chronicle examination of the latest Federal Election Commission records on file for the organization for the reporting period ending June 30 shows that while [Emmett Cash III] has raised nearly $10,000 this year, not one dollar has gone to the Obama campaign—or any other political candidate.

The group's founder is a shameless con artist:

His colorful ventures—reported in a variety of newspapers over the decades—have included boasts in 2002 of establishing a new, Hollywood-style movie mecca in Jackson, Miss., and an official announcement in 2000 that his movie firm had signed a historic 12-film deal with the Chinese government.

Identified alternately as a boxing promoter, an Olympics booster and the head of a minority contractor's association, Cash also was identified as director of a 1979 "Miss Black America" contest deserted by judges and lambasted by contestants who complained of living conditions that included cockroaches and meals of salami sandwiches.

On the political front, Los Angeles County voter registration records show that until just last month, Cash was a registered Republican. He has been previously identified as national chair of "Citizens for Powell," to draft former Secretary of State Colin Powell for president, and as the "national coordinator" for Perot Voters, a group supporting the presidential campaign of Ross Perot.

Too bad John McCain won't get elected and fix all this.

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  1. In Libertopia, he’d be allowed to do this, right?

  2. The best part is that his name is “Cash”. He’s not a con man–he declares what he wants openly!

  3. If he hadn’t defrauded people in regards to where the money went, why not

  4. Snark all you want, Reason writers. Just imagine the corporate control of our electoral process without McCain-Feingold.

  5. Dan T,
    Like how it was in the 1990s? I quake, I quake, in my little America-hating booties.

  6. Now don’t come over here and forget everything we talked about Dan T.

    YOU ARE CORPORATE AMERICA. If you don’t like what a corporation does, speak up as a shareholder.

    If your views are not shared by a critical mass of shareholders, then re-examine your beliefs. Don’t trash the conduit of so much wealth and prosperity.

  7. The best part is that his name is “Cash”.

    I wonder if there’s any relation to this guy, beyond the conning, that is.

  8. Nuts. Preview, dammit.

    this guy

  9. People like this should not be allowed to defraud their “customers” into giving them money.

    If yuo tell me my money is going to Obama, it better go to Obama and not into your own pocket.

    But I guess government protecting customers from fraud would be anti-libertarian though.

    On another note, something good comes from the FEC–exposing this guy for the con man he is.

  10. Snark all you want, Reason writers. Just imagine the corporate control of our electoral process without McCain-Feingold.

    This was not me.

    Dammit, I guess it’s back to an alias for a while.

  11. Dan T. – if you are being truthful , and I can’t see why you wouldn’t be, then this page is hopelessly fucked once fucking retards start pulling that shit.

    Fuck You to whoever is posting under a regular’s name and address.

    I will go Kotos on your ass.

  12. Maybe if Dan T. wasn’t such a worthless clown people wouldn’t feel the need to post under versions of his name (note, that poster was “Dan. T”).

    And no, it wasn’t me.

  13. How is giving money to Emmett Cash any different than giving it to Joe Biden? Either way, your donation is wasted.

  14. hier is what cecil is preventing with his Kotosing activities.

    *ambles off

  15. I’m a worthless clown

  16. From Rhywun’s link:

    the parent organization for World Changers Church International, International Covenant Ministries, Creflo Dollar Ministries, and Arrow Records.

    Which one of these things is not like the other?

  17. How is giving money to Emmett Cash any different than giving it to Joe Biden? Either way, your donation is wasted.

    Cue Edward saying the same thing about Ron Paul.

  18. I’m a worthless clown

    WAAAAAAAH! SOMEONE POSTED UNDER SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE MY NAME!!!!!!

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAH!11111

    I NEED A NEW ALIAS!!!1111

  19. Some of the imposters sound more like Dan T. than Dan does and that’s just Dan D. with me.

    ;~)

  20. Maybe if jf wasn’t such a worthless clown people wouldn’t feel the need to post under versions of his name (note, that poster was “j.f”).

  21. That’s why my name is a registered trademark.

  22. Dan T. – if you are being truthful , and I can’t see why you wouldn’t be, then this page is hopelessly fucked once fucking retards start pulling that shit.

    It happens every so often. Obviously I’m not shy about posting opinions that will piss people off so there’s not much reason that I’d claim that one of my posts wasn’t mine.

  23. Spoof posting, or “spoosting,” is really, really lame, unless you make it somehow clear that you are not actually the person you are spoofing.

  24. Beats the VARANGIAN MOUSE with THUNDERCHICKEN dressed in a MR. STEVEN CRANE costume.

  25. Scottish blah blah Star Trek. Blah blah ape suit.
    Blah blah Star Trek. Blah blah Scottish.

  26. ROMANS!! ROMANS!! GREEKS! EMBARRASS!
    LAWYER. ENGINEER. JOURNALIST. GAY ISRAELI JEWISH WIFE. FRENCH MARINE.

    PIRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [keed keed]

  27. Maybe if this board wasn’t already plagued by indecipherable in-jokes and vitrioloic exclusivity, Dan T’s “conversation starters” could facilitate debate instead of the usual snarky pile-on.

    With apologies to Pro Lib, TWC, and precious few others.

  28. I’m sorry, baby. Come here. Let me make it all better for you.

  29. How does CFR have anything to do with this?

    Isn’t the Dan T thing pretty similar to what happened here. Someone using someone else’s name?

  30. The “Dan T” post I replied to was either (a) a bad parody, as it sounds a lot like things the real Dan T often says, or (b) posted by the real Dan T, and his denial of that is either not true or posted by a Dan T imposter.

    In any event, I may have been replying to a total strawman, but I do think that anyone who argues that McCain/Feingold has made things better is seriously wrong. I don’t think it’s made things worse, either–within a couple years the money found its way down the hill again and by 2004 we were right back where we started.

  31. highnumber,

    You left out cryptic resorting to German.

  32. Ja, ja. Ich wei?. Sehr kitschige Arbeit.

  33. Und hoheZahl, Krieg der Sterne! Nicht erw?hnen das Gesetz.

  34. What’s wrong, Feelingwhiny?

    Been hitting the High Fructose Corn Sweetners again and now your blood glucose levels have you feeling emotional?

  35. jb —

    I tend to agree with you, although I lean more toward the side that says it has made things better. Definitely see the side that things are the same. Don’t think its made things worse.

    The reason I think its made things better is because candidates are starting to see that they can/should run broader campaigns to try to solicit a little money from a lot of donors, as opposed to soliciting a lot of money from relatively few donors. I think Dean probably saw that first, although he did it in part through a reliance on the internet. I think Obama has improved on it a lot. I he has raised an insane amount of money by going after donors of all sizes, and not necessarily just through the internet. To me, the issue was never how much money was in campaigns, but the power constituted in the hands of the big donors because candidates came to depend on them. Candidates don’t have to depend on them anymore.

    As for how CFR relates to this story, CFR was never intended to deal with fraud. Its a non-sequitur. The only reason that Wiegle brought it up is because he lost out on a lobbyist job when so much of the special interest money dried up.

  36. Returning to the thread already in progress, I think I know how to guarantee Obama’s election to the presidency. It’s a song:

    Obamana. Do doo be-do-do.
    Obamana. Do do-do do.
    Obamana. Do doo be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do be-do-do-doodle do do do-doo do!

  37. Disregard that, I suck cocks

  38. Vote anti-democrat to screw the obamanible snatch!!!!

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