October 6th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC files FEC complaint about Obama camp's finances

The RNC has asked the FEC to audit every contribution Obama has received from each of his more than 2.5 million donors.
The RNC has asked the FEC to audit every contribution Obama has received from each of his more than 2.5 million donors.

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee asked the Federal Election Commission Monday to audit the more than $450 million donated to Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Read: The RNC's complaint

Citing multiple media reports about questionable donations to Obama, the GOP is asking the federal agency to audit every contribution to the Democratic nominee – even those from small dollar donors which the campaign is not legally required to itemize on its finance reports to the FEC.

“The RNC believes that” the Obama campaign “has (1) accepted prohibited foreign national contributions and (2) knowingly done so through its failure to reasonably investigate questionable contributions originating abroad,” reads the complaint.

Republicans are also asking the FEC to look into whether Obama’s campaign failed to screen out contributions from individuals that exceeded donation limits when considered together. “FEC reports indicate, and media accounts highlight that [the Obama campaign] repeatedly accepts excessive contributions from individuals, including those with obviously fictitious names,” the complaint says.

The Obama campaign issued a statement Sunday that suggested it was the victim of Internet fraud. “Without accepting a dime from the Washington lobbyists or corporate PACs that have funded John McCain's campaign, our campaign has shattered fundraising records with donations from more than 2.5 million Americans,” Obama-Biden spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement issued Sunday after the RNC announced its plan to seek an FEC audit. “We have gone above and beyond the transparency requirements by disclosing our bundlers and the levels of contributions they raise. We constantly review our donors for any issues and while no organization is completely protected from internet fraud, we will continue to review our fundraising procedures to ensure that we are taking every available to step to root-out improper contributions,” Burton added.

According to the Washington Post, questions have also recently been raised about donations to Sen. John McCain. The Republican nominee's camp has not responded to CNN’s request for comment about the FEC complaint filed Monday by the RNC or about the report that the FEC is also asking for additional information about some contributions to McCain.

Related: RNC says it will seek audit


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • FEC • John McCain • RNC
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. coli

    NOT THIS TIME...PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE SLIMEY POLITICS OF MCCAIN/ROVE!!!

    October 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  2. WestCoastMessenger

    If the Obama Campaign has accepted foreign money, then there needs to be accountability – someone needs to pay for this. I thought the Obama Campaign was NOT about politics as usual. This is rather sordid stuff in my book.

    October 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    SILVER BANK, SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN'S SON WAS CEO AND QUIT 2 MONTHS BEFORE IT FAILED AND INVESTORS LOST MILLIONS. WHY DIDN'T THE HONORABLE SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN WARN SILVER BANK INVESTORS OF IT'S FAILURE BEFORE THEY LOST THEIR MONEY?

    October 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. Marie in California

    Since the government is falling down on the job regarding this, I commend the RNC for stepping in and demanding that it be done. This should have been done much sooner. McCain has been very open about the sources of his contributions, while the Obama campaign has, under one ruse or the next, been very "hush-hush" and balked at revealing their donor sources to public scrutiny.

    I've often wondered how much of Obama's money comes from overseas, with special concern about "countries that don't like us very well," like some in the Middle East. Their leaders would most definitely like to see Obama be our next president!

    McCain-Palin – 2008

    October 6, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Marie in California

    Since the government is falling down on the job regarding this, I commend the RNC for stepping in and demanding that it be done. This should have been done much sooner. McCain has been very open about the sources of his contributions, while the Obama campaign has, under one ruse or the next, been very secretive and balked at revealing their donor sources to public scrutiny.

    I've often wondered how much of Obama's money comes from overseas, with special concern about "countries that don't like us very well," like some in the Middle East. Their leaders would most definitely like to see Obama be our next president!

    McCain-Palin – 2008

    October 6, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Peggy Munro

    This only goes to show that we have not elevated our level of humanity and common decency. How on earth can you respect someone who spouts such base and vile comments about another simply to promote his/her ambitions?. This saddens me as much as I think it does others who hold themselves to higher ideals.

    October 6, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    A lawsuit should be filed against the McCain /Palin ticket for defametion of chareachter

    October 6, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Joe in Kentucky

    If any donations are really suspicious, the Obama camp should just return it. There will be plenty of other donations rolling in as McCain loses what mind he has left. The great underlying fact in the article is that Obama has build a gigantic campaign all on small donations from the general public.

    October 6, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Republicans are desparate

    What desperation! I'm sure these concerns stem more from the tactics of distraction than they do from concern for the American people. McCain doesnt give two craps abouts us, he's just mad he's losing on all fronts. Desperate, senile man.

    October 6, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. Ron

    The democratic party can thank the RNC for my contribution. Yesterday I read this story, and last night I contributed another $100 to Obama's campaign. I've never contributed to a campaign before, and thought I'd only do it once, but after reading of all the sleezy republican crap again, I decided I'll do whatever it takes to get those guys out of office. Thanks for helping me make that decision, RNC!

    October 6, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. James Alan I

    Obama needs to come clean and list all the names and addresses of his donors. This is serious. These illegal donation problems could sink him. Who is fraudulently giving money and what foreigners are buying an Obama presidency? And why would Obama let this happen? He should be able to afford some good web designers to prevent what has happened.

    October 6, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. Ron , West Coast

    Now , I`ve seen everything ...... Those wooden headed , Thieving ,Low-down republicrooks ...... Mc Bush should produce his complete medical record , and let the public know wether or not he can satand the rigors of the presidency ..... The Old Coot !!
    Old Mc Bush is trying to do everything in his power to change the subject away from the economy .... Next he`ll try to enter Cindy in another " Miss Buffalo Chip " contest ...... Pitted against Sarah Palin.....

    October 6, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Alex

    Uhhh, since when has the US Constitution included language banning foreign campaign contributions?

    I just hope the FEC has a lot of monitors on the ground in FL, OH, MI, CO and other contentious states in the weeks leading up to the election... If RNC thugs were desperate enough to stuff ballot boxes, intimidate voters with misinformation about their rights, deny voting/ballot supplies to urban areas, and so on in 2004, I don't doubt that they will try to steal millions of votes again this year.

    October 6, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. jo

    I will be sending my 25.00 before friday....

    October 6, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. KC

    A Maverick is a cattel hustler. For all you city folk, that means he steals the riches of his neighbors. Look it up. I do not want any more shoot from the hip cowboys in the white house. If this is how McCain treats a fellow senator just think how he will treat other figures around the world!

    October 6, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. jo

    I will be sending my 25.00 next friday because the issue matter to me. Mr. Mccain " I am drowning here, you are discribing the water"

    October 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. mat

    Why hasn't Palin submitted her tax information?

    Just sayin

    October 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Maybe Sen. Obama can pull a Bush/Cheney/Palin and refuse to cooperate with any and all investigations.

    Better yet, maybe he can simply remind the taxpayers of the country who decided to finance his own campaign, and who decided to take govornment dollars. And how much money are we borrowing from foreign powers to keep our Federal Budget going?

    October 6, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Obama08

    desperate desperate desperate.......whatelse you can McSame

    October 6, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. Missouri Mom

    Pathetic. It is only to bad that they can not do the audit and report back before the election so McCain/Palin can look even more desperate and erratic.

    October 6, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  21. Me

    Hypocrites. You make things up to investigate Obama about when you won't even cooperate with investigations by legal authorities into Palin that were going on even before she was chosen VP.

    October 6, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  22. Craig from Washington

    The Republicans accusing the Dems of fund-raising irregularities? This is rich! Especially since Obama turned down government funding and is getting his money from people like me, i.e., people who WORK for a living. The McCainies and the Repubs are really full of it.

    October 6, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Jeff from Jersey

    How much did McCain's flunkies pay to get this thing going?Wonder where they got the money to cry in the ears of someone that might even simply ignore them instead of the ever increasing number of voters that are turning this election into a tidal wave for Obama.We've obviously heard all we need to from the McWhiners to turn this election into an avalanche that might bury the republicans for decades.

    Thanks for your desperation.You turned this into a runaway with your vicious attacks,accusations and PALIN-GATE,TROOPERGATE ..WHATEVERGATE.The republicans will be shown the gate soon enough.....THANK GOD!

    Folksy?What a joke!Palin is just a vicious ICEQUEEN.She should go hunting with Cheney as soon as possible.

    October 7, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    After all the improprieties in the past by the GOP, and they're complaining?!

    Fair enough, GOP, you go first here: Explain T. Boone Pickens' financing of the Swift Boat Vets!!!

    October 7, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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