The Observer reports that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has engaged in a pattern of stealing campaign contributions from her smallest contributors. In allegations confirmed by others, a Wells Fargo employee has revealed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign workers submitted multiple charges from the accounts of small contributors who intending to make a one-time contribution.
“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.
“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 $1,200 per day.
After they contact the Clinton campaign without resolution, the source said, many victims will then contact the bank, which simply refunds the fraudulent charges.
The source also notes that the dozens of phone calls his department receives daily are from people who notice the fraudulent charges on their statements. “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 said he’s apolitical but noted that the bank’s fraud department is yet to receive one call from a Donald Trump supporter claiming to have been overcharged by 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.”
Other victims have reported the incidents to their states’ Attorneys General, and one, whose son is an attorney, had to contact the Federal Elections Commission before the fraud was stopped. Based in Minnesota, this Clinton victim had her account at U.S. Bank charged multiple times after she made a $25 contribution, which was “all [she] could afford.” Her son Roger Mahre said:
If you and I did this, we’d be thrown in jail. This is theft, fraud or wire fraud—it’s a federal crime!”
But for Hillary Clinton, federal crime is just another fundraising strategy.