Barack Obama is popular abroad, apparently including among Palestinians. So perhaps that explains why Obama's campaign received, during the primary election cycle, over $24k from Monir Edwan, resident of Gaza, as Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs details. And possibly contributions from two other Palestinians, noted by Debbie Schlussel.
Candidates for Federal, state or local office may not "solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation . . . from a foreign national." 2 U.S.C. § 441e (2006). Nor may any individual contribute more than $2,300 (up from $2,000) to a single Federal candidate per election cycle (primaries and the general election are separate cycles). I know the total amount here is trivial--through June, Obama raised over $338 million in individual contributions. And no doubt, the campaign promptly will return the money--now that it's been fingered. Still, isn't a candidate's popularity among Palestinians in Gaza inversely proportional to how good a U.S. President he would make?
Obama claims to have returned the foreign contributions last year but failed to report the refund to the FEC.
(via Conservative Grapevine)