This is a hard one to believe, but according to a new study, 44 percent of Congress does not require industry-standard credit card security codes for online donations. This vulnerability makes fraudulent foreign donations more likely.
The Government Accountability Institute (GAI), says the problem has gotten a lot worse among Democrats since the original study made headlines in 2012.
“The number of Democrats in Congress not requiring CVV has increased by 43 percent since the 2012 elections, from 148 to 211,” says the report. This study is entitled: “America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign and Fraudulent Online Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections? Taking Another Look.” On the other side, the report says, “The number of congressional Republicans not requiring CVV has decreased by 62.5% since the 2012 election, (From 64 to 24).”
The GAI did not just examine the active donation pages of House and Senate leaders, they also reviewed the campaign contributions for Clinton and Trump. During the presidential election, both candidates required donors to enter the CVV to make online donations. In the analysis done in 2012, they found that Barack Obama did not require the CVV for campaign contributions. There is no law yet that requires candidates to use the basic CVV credit card security protocols that almost every online retailers use to prevent fraud.
“While many will laud the need for electoral integrity,” the GAI report concludes, “few seem willing to take the steps to assure it, especially when the lack of integrity favors their political goals.”
Are you alarmed that so many of our leaders on Capitol Hill do not use this basic security protocol?