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

RNC files FEC complaint about Obama camp's finances

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(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. Donna

    As long as they audit McCain's funds as well....

    Sad that they are just so jealous that Obama has raised more than their GOLDEN BOY....lol

    October 6, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    I always wondered what other motive Obama had for prancing through Europe as if he were King of the World – cha-ching.

    October 6, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Bill

    I find it sad that the GOP and McCain are so thin on policy substance that they have to resort to petty and cheap tactics to try and divert attention off the issues. In most years, I would have said this cheap nonsense might have worked again. But the way the economy is right now, I don't believe many Americans prefer Swift Boat tactics over a serious discussion on the economic issues at hand. In fact, I feel as though this might come back to burn McCain because Americans will see him for what he is – a typical Washington politician who has nothing to offer other than the same policies of the last eight years.

    October 6, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Nicholas

    Wow. They are really getting desperate. First Wright, then Ayers, then campaigning in states that are already "Red," now questioning the financing from donors. Trying everything to get your mind off the economy. WOW.


    October 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. CR

    The FEC is already looking in to McCain - no phony complaint needed. THAT is the story. The attempt to smear, CNN, is pathetic.

    October 6, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |

    Oh boy... ((yawn)) Could this camp discuss an issue before the actual election????

    October 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Ana


    October 6, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Arkansas Undertaker

    If the Rethuglicans have gotten this desperate with less than 29 days to go, I am almost scared to death to see what they will come up with when the election is 10 or 5 days away.

    Rethuglicans are the scariest peopl in the world to me!

    We al know that this is a ploy to stop Obama's momentum. But by the grace of the Lord,m that aint going to happen!

    October 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    these guys are so out of touch. The whole world economy is in a huge crisis and all they care about is barack's campaign money...this is laughable and shows once more, how out of touch and nasty these repugs are!!!

    I hope they will lose in a landslide come november!!!!!!!
    And I hope their campaign money will also be investigated!!!

    October 6, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Jude fort lauderdale

    Obama has millions of foreign supporters, many in Canada, and Europe.
    If McCain, wins the election, the Dow will be screaming $4,911...
    If Obama wins, it will be up by that much.
    If he can get over $450 million dollars from supporters, I'm sure the markets will react positively the day he wins. Its almost certain. I know i will by into everything I can!

    October 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. God Bless America

    McCain is such a LOSER!!!!!!!! Tell Palin's MR. MOM husband to get a real job and donate to his campaign. American's are putting their money where their VOTE is!!!! And that's with OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN "08"

    October 6, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Matt CO

    Crybaby Tactics, Have you ever seen such whiners as the RNC. They just love the rules when they dont apply to them. Also I am not overly worried about Baracks funds. The RNC are just trying to waste time and distract before the election takes place

    October 6, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. dennis from chicago

    it won't matter ......... IF OBAMA IS FOUND OUT TO HOLD DUAL CITIZENSHIP...... or perhaps no citizenship at ALL.. case # 08-cv-04083 COMING TO A SUPREME COURT NEAR YOU/// IT WON'.T MATTER AT ALL

    October 6, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    The GOP just wants to keep the FEC busy so it won't notice when the GOP tries to steal the election with its handbook of dirty tricks and illegal tactics ...

    McCain can't win on the issues, has no idea on God's Green Earth on what to do about the economy so he winds up the slime machine and makes it personal!

    McCain is too low to step on and too slimy to kick ... if you truly love America, don't vote for someone who only has hate to offer ...

    October 6, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. anyonmous

    when was the last candidate to drop out of the race before november

    October 6, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. anyonmous

    mccain need to drop out of the race

    October 6, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. xavier

    This is so typically republican. Cant beat Obama on your own, so you have to bring in the suits and ties to do your dirty work. I cant wait to see the look on McCains face when he has his butt handed to him come November.

    October 6, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. a well educated woman

    That is just fine by me, I gave my hundreds to Obama and will continue to do so until the money runs out. This Mcinsane turn of events are pathetic and demeaning. If Mcinsane was in a court of law and told to tell the truth, he would be in the slammer for perjury. This is basic cow manure at its best for the Mcinsane group, and
    Palin is no better. I can believe she actually said she read a paper, the New York Times(told Couric nothing) but just so happened to forget at the end of the article the paper discredited the source that Obama is consorting with anyone of a terrorist nature. What a joke, can't wait to laugh in the faces of those McInsane people come November 3.

    October 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. btodd

    Complete BS to gain headlines! Let's audit McCain and the RNC!

    October 6, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    This is just a weak attempt at an October surprise and the McCain camp will come out with a claim they have proven foreign donors but without enough time to disprove their lies.

    It won't matter by the time that comes around McCain's irrational behaviour will have sunk him so low in the polls all the king's horses and all the king's men won't be able to put his campaign back toether again.

    October 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Precious Coker

    McCain it is finished!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Jason

    Just because Obama is ahead in the polls doesn't mean that we can relax. Things like this are just the start of the Republican party's last-ditch attempt to divide this country with hatred and lies. The only way to ensure that the GOP cowards don't win is to act like Obama is ten points BEHIND-call people up, spread the facts, and get people to vote in November.

    October 6, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Bald ex-warrior

    The same of shell game by the Republicans. Don't watch your 401K disappear. Don't look at our underqualified VP canidate; don't look at McCain and his wild goose chases; and for God's sake don't look at what we did to America.
    Rather,- "Look over here... see there on Obama's pant leg..Right there.. it is a spot of dirt. See.. he isn't God Almighty!!! so you Have to vote for McCain 'cause he is obviously "God's Chosen One'

    Joint disclosure or No disclosure.
    If it is good for Obama it is good for McCain!

    October 6, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. Julie

    I wish they would spend their time and energy on helping me keep my 401K sucure since I will be retiring in a few years and I am watching it melt away as the candidates play games. This country is in a financial crisis.....I want the attention on the American people not on playing destructive games because t he outcome is not what you thought it would be.

    October 6, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. Former Republican for OBAMA







    October 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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