Obama 2008 campaign under scrutiny
April 16th, 2011
04:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama 2008 campaign under scrutiny

Washington (CNN) - No one is immune from an audit, including President Barack Obama. The Federal Election Commission has begun an audit of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to Roll Call newspaper.

The campaign, a record-breaking fund-raising machine that brought in nearly $750 million for then-candidate Obama, attributed most of its contributions to small-dollar donors. But the size of the haul almost guaranteed an audit would eventually occur.

In a statement given to Roll Call, Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for the president’s re-election campaign, called the audit a “review” saying, “The FEC is conducting a routine review – as is true with the McCain campaign, the Romney campaign and many others – to determine if they have any questions with the information reported.”

An audit of Sen. John McCain’s campaign was mandatory because he chose to receive public financing to support his presidential bid.

The president’s re-election campaign raised 23,000 contributions in the first 24 hours following his early April announcement that he'd run again, most of which were made in amounts of $200 or less.

Obama’s expected fundraising goal for the 2012 campaign is $1 billion.

The FEC did not immediately respond to a CNN request for confirmation of the audit.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Fundraising • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    He bought the last election, and he will try to buy it again.

    This time, he may fail to fool as many people, as he did last time, however.

    April 16, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. tef

    I wonder how (Backmann,Paul,Trump,teaparty,Gop,) will Twist this ad around? This reporter just gave "the crazys" something they can "Talk about, The crazys need to talk "Jobs" Please?

    April 16, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    [Obama 2008 campaign under scrutiny]
    But once you read further you will see the irony
    It’s NOT just Obama being audited and it’s true
    All others who ran in 2008 are under scrutiny too

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    April 16, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Nini

    I welcome this audit very much. Some thing is not right and is not the color of his skin.
    I am so SICK of the labels that fly around every time this president is questioned. Mr. President we know you don't have horns on your head I am concern about the ideology inside your head.

    April 16, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Matt W

    I just love the snooty, I'm-better-than-you-look! Good job CNN. A picture's worth a thousand words!

    April 16, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Ramesh Shrestha

    No surprise here. Where there is state of law, such things are not news. Let what FEC needs to do by law. Hope President's previous campaign comes out clean.

    April 16, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. EddyP

    The title of this article is incredibly misleading...

    April 16, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Dave

    I contributed in 2008. Will not again!

    April 16, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. DefeatObama.com

    It is a shame Obama's campaign wasn't audited during the campaign. There were reports the campaign had allowed credit card donations from foreign sources by manually disable the safeguards that they put in place to verify a person’s address and zip code with the cardholder’s bank. The merchant, in this case the Obama campaign, has to manually disable existing programming and controls to make AVS not work.

    April 16, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. German,Irish,American

    We will see if the FEC has the guts to find the 100 million plus that is unaccounted for in Obama's reporting. How well did Soros hide his contributions from his foreign companies? The foreign billionaires, mainly Soros, who own and control Obama need to be scutinized this election.

    April 16, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Matt W

    ...and then they take it down...

    April 16, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Johnson

    This man is a machine

    April 16, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. fayse

    President Obama won by the majority of the votes and the electorate college. John McCain had not chance of meeting those numbers. Yet, we in America have had to battle for that election for over two years. Why iis it that the minority of Americans cannot accept that the majority of Americans voted and chose President Barak Obama? The hatred and vitriol has further divided our nation. The GOP just wants to regain the power and they will do what ever it takes to see that happen. It dosen't matter who or what percentage of the American public is harmed. The hunger for power iis a devastating thing but, the one and only goal for the Gop Is to take back the White House. they are cleverly diguising that as "take back America" Please people, vote out all Republicans

    April 16, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. Marry

    This is perfectly normal. But, what would be interesting is who gives money to the GOP/TP? A list would be nice CNN. And, please also report when the FEC comes to the conclusion that all is fine with the Presidents campaign funding!

    April 17, 2011 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  15. Obama is, always will be my President

    If they come up with something now? Well they are all lier and big fat one. Just as they say he is not an American.

    April 17, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Misleading title could whip tea party into frenzy

    April 17, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |