July 17th, 2010
05:26 PM ET
4 years ago

FEC fines Biden more than $200k for violations

Joe Biden owes more than $200,000 to the Treasury, according to an audit.
Joe Biden owes more than $200,000 to the Treasury, according to an audit.

(CNN) – A day after the Federal Elections Commission slapped Joe Biden with a $219,000 fine for spending violations during his failed presidential bid, a spokeswoman for the vice president is calling the ruling “commonplace.”

"Some repayment is commonplace after presidential campaign audits and the repayment ordered here is relatively small,” said Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander. “Payment is due to the Treasury 30 days after the FEC issues its formal ruling and 'Biden for President' will comply with that."

In a report released Friday, the FEC said a mandatory audit showed the campaign had accepted contributions above the legal limit, failed to adequately pay for rides on a private jet, and issued several checks that had never been cashed.

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  1. Get A Grip

    Once a crook always a crook and that's good old "Average Joe'" as he likes to refer to himself. Yeah, good old "Average Joe" worth millions. Gee, I wonder how many "Average Joe" there are out there that rip the taxpayers off.

    July 17, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Typical politician, utterly careless of other peoples' money.

    July 17, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Nate from Atlanta

    C'mon Joe!

    July 17, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. hillcrester

    "The FEC report also found Biden owes $86,000 as a result of stale-dated checks – that is, checks that the payees have not cashed. According to the FEC, if the campaign has issued checks that the payees have not cashed within a reasonable time frame, the campaign must reimburse the Treasury for the amount of the outstanding checks."

    Does this make any sense to you? It is more than 1/3 of the total of the fine. Why is this Biden's responsibility? The checks presumably weren't made out to him. What if a check later gets cashed?

    July 17, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. ib

    with all the tax cheaters Obama has in his cabinet why should this surprise anyone. Oh I forgot the cabinet members didn't realize they owed the taxes and one of them of even put in charge of the treasury dept. What a joke.

    July 17, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. rachel

    And he is in charge of keeping track of the stimulus funds . You cant make this stuff up folks.

    July 17, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Broken Promises Inc.

    Does no politician take responsibility for their actions?

    July 17, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Ross

    When Biden ran for President, he got 2% of Democratic vote. The voters got that right.

    July 17, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. jcd

    the article makes it sound that this is common practice within the government/election community.
    No wonder the govt is soooo screwd up. The playesrs are really in it for the dollars.

    July 17, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. thor

    Rep.Charlie Rangel must have been his accountant. ha! ha!

    July 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Roger

    Federal Elections Commission slapped Joe Biden with a $219,000 fine for spending violations during his failed presidential bid, a spokeswoman for the vice president is calling the ruling “commonplace.”

    Commonplace, $219,000 I bet that would go a long way for someoen who's unemployed due to Odumwa's economnic policies!

    If this had been Bush or some republican the dummtcrats would be calling for jail time!

    July 17, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. JES

    Must be nice to be able to say that's not much. The people out of work would love to have that money since it doesn't seem to matter much to you.

    Again open mouth out comes stupid but that is the norm.

    Hope you enjoy being VP you will not have to worry about what you sayafter 2012.

    And you say you are in touch with the common people. I continue to think you don't havea clue about anything. You and Obama go hand and hand.

    July 17, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Merry Kogut

    The article left out an important aspect – how does Biden's fine (or refund, was it?) compare with his peers?

    July 17, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. TTommy

    Unfortunately, Biden is exactly right. It is commonplace for our great political leaders. We are being led by crooks and thieves.

    July 17, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Doug

    Rep. Michelle Bachmann is formimg a Tea Party caucus in the House of Representative? She think the GOP isn't good enough. Michelle Bachmann is a loose canon. How many other Republicans support her?

    July 17, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. Southern Bob

    Never heard of anyone getting fined by the FEC. According to this article it's not unusual. More untrue facts from the Communist News Network.

    July 17, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. ruty

    I'm sure the republicans will try to make a scandal out of this. Better sweep your own kitchen first,

    July 17, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Hidell

    Gee, had he won, there would have been no fine.

    July 17, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. STAB

    commomplace for a dem,and i bet you will not hear this on cnn tv or the other communist stations!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. txkboy

    Total shocker....NOT!! The real shocker is that CNN (becoming more liberal by the day) actually reported it.

    July 17, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Of course, Mr Biten-me, you are correct. Democrat fraud, violations, deceipt and plagiarism are indeed very "commonplace".

    July 17, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Texas Granny

    Okay, I can live with some of the things the FEC said (although I somewhat disagree on the aircraft thing considering they did pay the full value of first class seats), but the one that gets me is–
    "The FEC report also found Biden owes $86,000 as a result of stale-dated checks – that is, checks that the payees have not cashed. According to the FEC, if the campaign has issued checks that the payees have not cashed within a reasonable time frame, the campaign must reimburse the Treasury for the amount of the outstanding checks."
    So just how is he supposed to go out & find those people & "make" them cash the checks? And then if he retracts the amount to reimburse the FEC and THEN the people cash the checks, who gets stuck– because they're going to be returned NSF with penalty fees on both sides? That one is just kind of a can of worms....

    July 17, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Bill

    "... a spokeswoman for the vice president is calling the ruling “commonplace.” "Some repayment is commonplace after presidential campaign audits and the repayment ordered here is relatively small,” said Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander.

    This article is really only news if the quotes from the Biden campaign are NOT true. Mr. Mooney and Ms. Malveaux, why didn't you do your homework and compare these fines to other campaigns so that we, the readers, could put these facts into context ?

    CNN, please improve the quality of your reporting.

    July 17, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Albo58

    This boob is also too stupid to steal and get away with it! I'll bet Mondale sends Biden a Christmas card every year for taking the title of, "Most pathetic VP in our History" away from him!

    July 17, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Don Wuerl

    RULES ARE RULES VP Biden! Pay your debts! Too slow; let's finally impeech this Jackass!!!!!

    July 17, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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