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

RNC files FEC complaint about Obama camp's finances

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/06/art.bofec1006.ap.jpg caption="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. cecil

    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.

    Snake Eyes

    October 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Winnie in Montana

    I doubt CNN will post this, since I am questioning their reporting, but here goes:

    "The Obama campaign issued a statement Sunday that suggested it was the victim of Internet fraud." I don't believe they suggested anything of that nature. They merely said that, "while no organization is completely protected from internet fraud..." and that they would continue their procedures for rooting out unlawful donations. The way your story is written suggests they are aware something is amiss and that is not at all how the campaign's statement reads.

    I'm not sure where the RNC gets off on making this request when their candidates have not properly disclosed tax information or health information. Additionally, I would be very surprised if some of McCain's donations have not come from his middle eastern comrades.

    October 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Strength in Missouri

    I wish the Republican voters and the Christian organizations would actually watch John McGarbage Mouth in action. No one listens but will support him and put his signs in their yards. Sarah Palin can lie out one side of her mouth and spew God out the other and these so-called christians support that. I hate liars and Im more of a christian then all of them put together. I'll vote OBAMA for President. I havent seen any lies from his campaign yet.

    October 6, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. White Female Independent Voter in Swing State

    Sour McCain grapes, sore McCain losers.

    October 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    MCSLEAZY AT IT AGAIN.

    HE IS LIKE A GARDEN SLUG.

    October 6, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. gc

    Guess I am going to be in on the audit. I have given 5 donations of 25$ each for the first time in my life. I'm lobbing for a new kitchen:)

    October 6, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Moe, NY

    I wish a complaint was filed against the RNC for all the corruption and lies of the GOP, and the Bush administration most of all! The arrogance of the RNC is beyond belief.

    October 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Erin in Oklahoma

    Audit both! John McCain deserves the same treatment.

    October 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Chicken Little's Hardhat Company

    It would seem that McCoward and Pansy are getting scared, desperate, and willing to sink to unprecedented levels to try to pull America's attention away from the issues. It's seems as though they're trying to attack on as many fronts as possible, so Obama will spend precious time and money fighting a lot of little fires.

    Grow up, McCoward. Stand up, be a man, run a campaign based on you. If America chooses you, then so be it. If they don't, then so be it. Quit hiding in the gutter.

    October 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  10. Holly from Minnesota

    McCain's camp was the _first_–about two weeks ago– to be questioned by the FEC regarding campaign fundraising–the GOP is trying to distract people from this fact by raising the same questions about Obama's campaign.

    October 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Happy in Arizona

    The negativeness of the McCain/Palin campaign clearly shows that they are not responsible people to become our next President/VP. McCain's comments today declaring Obama a lier, etc., along with this investigation has now made my mind up to vote for Obama. No more McBush, and no more Palin.

    October 6, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. tired of Palin, ky

    If that is how the McSane's feel that they can get more votes then let them look into the funds. I'm a normal "Joe six pack" female American and i donate to the Obama campaign every month. For those that do not know he is being funded by the "Joe six pack" folks. McSane and his crew need to start hearing these words.....Na,na,na,na. Na,na,na,na. Hey, hey, hey goodbye!

    October 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. keith Franklin, Tn

    Typical GOP fear mongering and attempted bullying.

    Look out for the swift boat.

    The key to this election is when or if Karl Rove backs off from his yakking. If he throws in the towel, it will be a landslide.

    October 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Malcolm

    These Republicans are poor studies and are probably wondering "how the heck does he do it?" See, you guys were ridiculing his "community organizer" skills. Now they're coming back to haunt ya!!! Here's a hint – Obama took on the most powerful political team in the Democratic party and triumph. He's got millions of folks like myself who've never donated to a politicial campaign in our lives excited about this race and donating to his campaign. With community organizing, Obama has a standing army on the ground ready to swing into action, registering voters, going door-to-door to get out the vote, encouraging our friends and families to donate to his campaign. See, THAT'S the power of community organizing!!
    But that's okay... keep up your scurrilous attacks and mindless complaints and see where that gets ya!!!

    October 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. nelda

    McCain cannot get over the fact that its the AMERICANS who are on Obama's side because we NEED change and we are NOT going to get it from McCain. McCain wants to "turn the page" on the economy because he doesn't have a clue. Remember this is a man who owns more houses that he's aware of. Does he relate to those who have to foreclose their homes?

    This man has no pride and cannot relate to the American who is deciding between putting gas in the car, or how much groceries we can afford this week.

    OBAMA is the one to pull us through! He KNOWS and most importantly, UNDERSTANDS.

    October 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Time4Change

    CNN, you suck and your moderators censor comments! With MSNBC taking over your turf as the "liberal" media, you're trying your hardest to attract conservatives from Fox. Not gonna happen!!

    October 6, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Happy in Arizona

    The negativeness of the McCain/Palin campaign clearly shows that they are not responsible people to become President/VP of the USA. McCain today called Obama a liar, Palin brings up he's a terrorist, and now investigating campaign funds clearly showed me that I need to vote for Obama. I am against this negativeness and downright lies from the McCain/Palin group. No more McBush, no more tweety-bird Palin.

    October 6, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Latifah

    I suppose the BO camp will cry that it's racism that the RNC is calling BO on his corrupt ways?

    October 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Jaimey, California

    Wow, the Republican hate machine is full steam ahead – and losing parts every day. Just another daily affirmation that McPalin's campaign has spun delightfully out of control.

    He can't come up with any actual specifics about what he'll do to fix the country, so slime baby slime.

    McCain = Joke.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 6, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Jon

    RNC hoping by baseless claims they will manage to affix another slanderous label to Obama.

    Clearly they realize they can't win on the issues.

    October 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Used to be republican now I'm for Obama

    John McCain is trying every Karl Rove trick in the book. A true sign of desperation? Where is all that character John???????

    October 6, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. MK

    When they investigate, they will find my measley 10 dollar contribution. It was and is all I can afford to spare right now and I wanted him to have it. I have a feeling there are a lot of contributions like mine, maybe not as small, but a lot of people sending what they can afford to help him get elected to save our Country. Obama/Biden 08 and 12!

    October 6, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  23. Used to be republican now I'm for Obama

    They're using every trick in Karl Rove sleazey politics book. Where's your character now John????????

    October 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. Perusing-through

    LATEST 'McCAIN/GOP' DIVERSION HAS THREE GOALS . . .

    (1.) Force the Obama-Biden campaign to use limited resources in preparation for an extensive time consuming audit of their 1.5-million donors,

    (2.) Allow McCain's campaign some breathing room to execute a few shenanigans while the FEC is misdirected,

    (3.) And finally, this is more nuts & bolts McCain is throwing into the Obama-Biden well-oiled machine with hopes that it will stop the Obama-Biden engine.

    October 6, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. indy chris

    Ever been audited? Auditors will always find a bone of contention; the more money involved, the bigger the bone. While the RNC is undoubtedly right, it is unacceptably racist to stereotype Barack Obama as having a big bone.

    October 6, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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