The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) has released several bombshells over the last few days. Along with learning that the Obama campaign allows prepaid credit card donations, with no way to trace the donor, Breitbart is citing a report alleging that Obama’s website, Obama.com is not owned by the campaign, but by a American living in Shanghai, China. Robert Roche, whose infomercial company sells cell phones and breast enhancement products, was invited to the White House, along with former presidents, Carter and Clinton to feast on the taxpayer dime with Chinese President Hu Jintao. According to the Breitbart post linked below, Roche has visited the White House at least, a staggering 19 times – but he live in China. Can you guess his U.S. roots? Chicago, of course.
…Robert Roche, a U.S. citizen living in Shanghai, China. Roche is the chairman of a Chinese infomercial company, Acorn International, with ties to state-controlled banks that allow it to “gain revenue through credit card transactions with Chinese banks.”
The unusual Obama.com website redirects traffic directly to a donation page on the Obama campaign’s official website, my.barackobama.com, which does not require donors to enter their credit card security code (known as the CVV code), thereby increasing the likelihood of foreign or fraudulent donations. The website is managed by a small web development firm, Wicked Global, in Maine. One of Wicked Global’s employees, Greg Dorr, lists on his LinkedIn page his additional employment with Peace Action Maine and Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. According to the GAI report, 68 percent of all Internet traffic to Obama.com comes from foreign visitors.In 2011, Mr. Roche obtained one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate in Washington, DC: a seat at the head table for President Obama’s State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. How Roche—a man whose infomercial company hawks fitness equipment, cell phones, and breast enhancement products—landed a seat alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John Kerry, former President Jimmy Carter, and Chinese President Hu Jintao remains unclear.
Robert W. Roche has lived in China and Japan for the past 27 years, although he maintains a residence in Chicago. He has used his extensive connections to raise money for the Obama campaign, and has pledged to raise $500,000for the Obama campaign this year, an upgrade from the $100,000-200,000he agreed to raise four years ago. He donated the maximum $50,000allowable to Obama’s inauguration fund in 2009…On July 11 of this year, Roche hosted a kick-off fundraiser in Shanghai, China, for the Obama Victory Fund at his hotel in downtown Shanghai, URBN. URBN’s website describes it as “a boutique hotel set in the heart of Shanghai’s downtown area.”…
The Obama administration has granted Roche extensive access to key administration officials. White House records show that Mr. Roche has visited the White House 24 times during Obama’s term, and has held meetings with former chief of staff William Daley and Obama adviser Peter Rouse.
In 2010, Obama appointed Roche to his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Roche is also a co-chair of the technology wing of Obama’s campaign, Technology for Obama.
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