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Things gets underway at 1 p.m. Friday in Atlanta, and naturally there’s online bidding, complete with live audio and video streaming, to be found here:


“The findings are alarming. As FBI surveillance tapes have previously shown, foreign governments understand and are eager to exploit the weaknesses of American campaigns. This, combined with the Internet’s ability to disintermediate campaign contributions on a mass scale, as well as outmoded and lax Federal Election Commission rules, make U.S. elections vulnerable to foreign influence,” says “America the Vulnerable,” a hefty new study from the Government Accountability Institute.

It reveals that almost half of all congressional websites don’t require anti-fraud security numbers for credit card use that are standard at most e-commerce websites.

The study also points out that while is an official site of President Obama’s re-election campaign, was purchased by someone in Shanghai, China, “whose business is heavily dependent on relationships with Chinese state-run television and other state-owned entities.”

The researchers conclude that “campaign fundraising crimes are now just a click away.”

“We are urging all congressional offices and President Obama to turn on anti-fraud credit card protections immediately.” says Peter Schweizer, director of the Florida-based watchdog group. Download the 109-page report and track lawmakers with “vulnerable” websites here:


• 72 percent of Americans who watched the first presidential debate said Mitt Romney did “the better job.”

• 20 percent said President Obama did the better job.

• 69 percent of all U.S. voters watched some or most of the debate.

• 64 percent said the debate was “mostly informative.”

• 83 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of independents agree.

• 26 percent voters overall said the debate was “mostly confusing.”

• 11 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents agree.

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