The Washington Post had an interesting story Sunday looking at concerns raised by Barack Obama's absurd fundraising success. The story's good, but as Ed Morrissey points out over at Hot Air, it leaves a critical question unanswered:
What makes the Obama campaign different from online retail operations? After all, we have spent almost 15 years buying and selling products and services on the Internet, and retailers know how to protect themselves and their customers. They employ a system that compares the billing information on the order to the information in the credit-card system—and when they don't match, the sale gets denied. Credit-card companies have gone an extra step in recent years by adding a security code to protect against fraudulent use.
The McCain campaign apparently uses these systems to prevent fraud. Why doesn't Team Obama?
It's a fair—and disquieting—question.