Hillary campaign accused of methodically overcharging poorest donors in widespread scheme

If you want to donate to the Hillary Clinton campaign, whatever you do, do NOT give them your credit card number.

Apparently, it’s the gift that’ll keep on giving, and giving, and giving, even without your consent!

Multiple sources have told the Observer that since the Spring of this year the Clinton campaign has been essentially stealing from her poorest supporters by repeatedly overcharging them after they make supposedly one-time small donations through her campaign website.

In fact, the overcharges are happening so much that an anonymous source at the Wells Fargo fraud department told the Observer that they receive up to 100 phone calls a day from donors asking them to refund unauthorized charges to their bankcards.

The tactic is to overcharge by a small enough amount, less than $100, so as not to trigger a fraud investigation.

“We don’t investigate fraudulent charges unless they are over $100,” the fraud specialist, who has worked for Wells Fargo for over a decade, told the Observer. “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.”

However, one elderly victim has filed a complained with her state’s attorney general, and the case has been forwarded to the Federal Election Commission.

The source said that his bank normally issues refunds that total between $700 and $1,200 every day.

The bilked donors don’t normally call Wells Fargo at first, the fraud specialist claims. “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.”

“We see this same scheme with a lot of seedy porn companies,” the source continued. “The people who call us are just the ones who catch the fraudulent charges. I can’t imagine how many more people are getting overcharged by Hillary’s campaign and they have no idea.”

The source, who told the Observer that he is apolitical, also noted that his department has yet to receive one call from anyone overcharged by Donald Trump’s campaign. “I’m only talking to you because what Hillary’s doing is so messed up, she’s stealing from her poorest supporters.”

Not surprisingly, this isn’t Clinton’s first go-round with this. The Observer reports:

The New York Times reported in 2007 that Clinton’s first presidential campaign had to refund and subtract hundreds of thousands of dollars from its first-quarter total often because donors’ credit cards were charged twice. Additionally, it was reported that Clinton had to refund a stunning $2.8 million in donations, three times more than the $900K President Barack Obama’s campaign refunded.

Another bank source told the Observer that Clinton’s motivation in purposefully overcharging donors is not only to rake in more money for her campaign but also to inflate her small donor numbers reported to the FEC. “This gives a false impression about how much money Clinton has raised,” the source said. “The money that the bank has refunded would not be reflected in the FEC filings till after the election. This gives off the illusion to the public that her support and the amount she’s raised is much greater than what it is in reality.”


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