Hillary Clinton keeps promising to help the help the middle class and poor while making the rich do their “fair share.” We know that the “rich” are doing more than their fare share, and now, thanks to a report by the Observer, we also know that hypocritically, the Clinton campaign is fleecing their lower-income donors
The Observer reports that the Clinton’s campaign is “purposefully and repeatedly overcharging” their lower income donors by taking tiny one-shot donations and turning them into scheduled repeat donations. They are doing this to lower income donors to the website so they have the people’s credit card/debit card numbers to keep recharging.
The overcharges are occurring so often that the fraud department at one of the nation’s biggest banks receives up to 100 phone calls a day from Clinton’s small donors asking for refunds for unauthorized charges to their bankcards made by Clinton’s campaign. One elderly Clinton donor, who has been a victim of this fraud scheme, has filed a complaint with her state’s attorney general and a representative from the office told her that they had forwarded her case to the Federal Election Commission.
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“We get up to a hundred calls a day from Hillary’s low-income supporters complaining about multiple unauthorized charges,” a source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of job security, from the Wells Fargo fraud department told the Observer. The source claims that the Clinton campaign has been pulling this stunt since Spring of this year. The Hillary for America campaign will overcharge small donors by repeatedly charging small amounts such as $20 to the bankcards of donors who made a one-time donation. However, the Clinton campaign strategically doesn’t overcharge these donors $100 or more because the bank would then be obligated to investigate the fraud.
Actually there’s one good thing about this story for Hillary. If you remember at the beginning of her term as Secretary of State, Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a button she thought said “reset” in Russian, but it actually said “overcharged.” Now she can say that it wasn’t a mistranslation she though that Lavrov was a donor to her campaign.
The Observer even published a picture of a bank statement of one victim (below). The three charges highlighted were all unauthorized. In total for April 2016 Hillary for America processed a total of $94 of unauthorized charges to Carol A. Mahre’s US Bank account (the picture below is the 3rd page of the statement). Notice the first two charges on this page were for $25 (as was the one charge on a previous page). The third charge below was for $19, making the total charge for the month $94. Anything at $100 or more may trigger a closer inspection from the bank. This also indicates that the repeated charging was a purposeful act, as making the 4th donation only $19 to keep the charges below $100 didn’t happen by accident.
“We don’t investigate fraudulent charges unless they are over $100,” the fraud specialist explained. “The Clinton campaign knows this, that’s why we don’t see any charges over the $100 amount, they’ll stop the charges just below $100. We’ll see her campaign overcharge donors by $20, $40 or $60 but never more than $100.” The source, who has worked for Wells Fargo for over 10 years, said that the total amount they refund customers on a daily basis who have been overcharged by Clinton’s campaign “varies” but the bank usually issues refunds that total between $700 and $1200 per day.
The fraud specialist said that Clinton donors who call in will attempt to resolve the issue with the campaign first but they never get anywhere. “They will call the Clinton campaign to get their refund and the issue never gets resolved. So they call us and we just issue the refund. The Clinton campaign knows these charges are small potatoes and that we’ll just refund the money back.”
There’s more to the report however the bottom line is that like her progressive policies, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is bent on taking as much as they can from the people who are least able to give.