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. tigerakabj

    These people make me sick. I want this party in the trash heap along with the Whigs and the Federalist parties. They have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO RUN ON.

    We all saw the conventions. It was like night and day. This is what this party is all about: hypocrisy, self-righteousness, deceit, lying, corrupt, angry, vengeful, ignorance, stupidity, and cowardice. This is the republican party in a nut shell, which is the characteristics of its presidential candidate.

    After hoisting Bush and co. on us and the world, they need to pay with a landslide in all 50 states - total washout.

    I have never been more prouder to vote than when I cast my ballot for Obama and Biden. Both guys make me proud as persons of faith, character, inspiration, love, and intelligence, as demonstrated by this incredibly grueling campaign.

    Obama/Bien 2008/2012.

    October 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. John

    Desperate measures from desperate, petty people...

    Has ANYONE seen the John McCain of 2000?

    Obama 2008!!! A TRUE man of HONOR!

    McCain is a DISGRACE to himself and OUR country!

    October 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. JUST FYI

    Some of McCain's cabinet..

    George W. Bush
    George Bush Sr.
    Keating 5 Himself included
    Saddam, Noriega, Qaddafi, Bin Laden's Family
    Newt G, AIG, SAVINGS AND LOAN, FREDDIE MAC, FANNIE MAE
    SARAH PALIN ( Cheated on husband!! Pastor believes in witches and her church believes in cellphone confession)

    Get a life you yuppies.

    O'BAMA BIDEN 08-16

    October 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Emily Powell

    I was a Republican. After hearing Palin comments today. An a remark asking someone to kill Mr. Obama. Mccain and Fox News responsible for any harm to the Obama family. It's a sin to kill . An if God is on your side. You would not be worried about becoming the next President. Changing my vote. Good luck Mr. OBAMA and may God bless you.

    October 6, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Rick

    What has Sarah Palin said, if anything that was'nt hand fed to her, other than the same old lines over and over. I have not heard anything yet.

    October 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    dennis from chicago . . . Please engage your brain PRIOR to typing.

    That was the most ignorant comment yet and there have been some real idiots posting here.

    October 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Penn

    Another erratic behaviour from the Mcinsane camp.

    October 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. tgram

    Oh, here we go with this crap. These idiots need to give it a rest or no one will be voting for the disgustingly desperate McCain/Palin ticket.

    AMERICA: Free us from these morons!

    October 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Calandra

    McInsame and PalinFailin are toast. Done. Finished. Sling all the mud you want. And "Dog gone it!" I bet the Republicans will. Same old same from John McCain.

    Obama/Biden ALL the Way. America can't wait to get to the polls!

    October 6, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Jason

    Boo hoo McCain, cry me a river of your ancient tears

    October 6, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. OhioGirl82

    McCain has always provided information on donors to the FEC. Obama has refused. The "Washington Post questions" are of a very different ilk.

    While it appears some posters are thrilled to have foreign nationals supporting Obama, the Constitution of the United States of America specifically forbids it. Cool or not - it is illegal.

    If this were about a small percentage of his monies, this would be a non-issue. Over half of the money raised is not accounted for. The Obama campaign has been asked for this info starting in June. Why the delay? If there is nothing to hide - if the campaign does not have lots of foreign nationals contributing - why not share? Hillary did. McCain did. Romney did. Everyone but Obama. How odd......

    P.S. All the ugly name-calling by people who can't spell and who can't put together a reasonably correct sentence speaks volumes.

    October 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Politicker

    It is pathetic what John McCain is trying to do to Obama.

    He's been at the receiving end in 2000. Looks like he forgot.

    It is really entertaining to see even the dimwitted Sarah Palin saying things now. Shouldn't she be worried about her own ongoing ethics investigation.

    No one is buying this McCain BS this election.

    If McCain gets elected, its a disgrace for the nation. Haven't we got enough by electing a dimwit twice. Do we want another bonehead in the whitehouse.

    October 6, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  13. GOP GO AWAY

    GOP stop it! Really, seriously, stop it. Can't you people understand that our country is hurting and we need help. Also, the country does not belong to you. We citizens have a right to choose who represents us without interference. Besides, would McCain/Palin be able to stand up under this kind of scrutiny if the Obama camp decides to have McCain's donors and sources investigated. Can be please stop this stupid Republican trickery and get on with seeing who can repair or country. Hint: it ain't the GOP.

    October 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. sandy

    This is called "desperation". I am a 64 year old white woman and never in all my years have I seen such a sleezy campaign as the one McCain is running. Just a few months ago, he said Americans don't want sleezy campaigns and he wouldn't run one. HELLO! What does he think he's doing. I for one am not fallling for it. I watched both candidates, I listened to the answers they gave on "important questions" before I decided who I would vote for. Now, I am more sure than ever that my vote will be for Senator Obama. As for Sarah Palin, she is a disgrace to womanhood. She is allowing herself to be used in an inappropriate manner. She is 44 years old, she should start acting like it instead of winking,nodding, and acting childlike. For God's sake woman, answer a question would you please!!!

    October 6, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Anna PA

    Just in: McCain is planning on cutting MEDICARE AND MEDICADE by one TRILLION dollars!!!! Whaaaaaaattttttt!!! His is really trying to just kill his campaign. I really think John McCain is now stumping for Barrack Obama.

    EVERYONE please let all of you senior citizen family and friends know what McCain and the horrible excuse for a vp are saying. It seemed that Obama might not get the senior citizen vote. Looks like things are changing.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Alice

    Okay, enough is enough. When McCain's campaign incites folks to cry "kill him!" it is time for McCain to apply the brakes.

    CNN – it is up to you and the rest of the media to make McCain stop before some nut case goes out and does it.

    October 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Jesus Was a Community Organizer, Pontius Palin was a Governor

    Amen, Malcom! I was so offended when during the RNC, Guiliani and Palin mocked Sen. Obama for being a "community organizer." McShame and Failin' Palin: Who's crying now? You two are not worthy to lead this country – especially if you cannot see the value and honor in being a "community organizer."

    October 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Betty

    McCain is becoming the ugly american for all the world to see...

    October 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Geraldine

    Just heard McCain is going to cut Medicare. Isn't this just great.

    October 6, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    We're a bunch of self-entitled crybabies, who whine and complain and fight dirty and throw a hissy fit when we don't get our way. What did you expect? You don't like it? Stop whining on a CNN comment board, and get out there and do something about it – you have less than 30 days until America gets to vote on this, and decide who runs the country and who goes home a loser.

    Are you going to support the only candidate left in the race to show a shred of common sense and decency? Or are you going to let an angry, erratic, vengeful old man, and his bimbo sidekick caribou barbie run the country?

    October 6, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    We're a bunch of self-entitled crybabies, who whine and complain and fight dirty and throw a hissy fit when we don't get our way. What did you expect? You don't like it? Stop whining on a CNN comment board, and get out there and do something about it – you have less than 30 days until America gets to vote on this, and decide who runs the country and who goes home a loser.

    Are you going to support the only candidate left in the race to show a shred of common sense and decency? Or are you going to let an angry, erratic, vengeful old man, and his idiot sidekick caribou barbie run the country?

    October 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. pol

    McCain is loosing election and loosing Heaven. Let's the stupid girl to talk: the more she talks the bigger Obama's advantage. She can memorize whole paragraphs, give her credit for this, but she doesn't have human brain and soul. Is she a human being? What about aliens in Alaska? Did the Republican party created shameless artificial intellect?

    October 6, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    We're a bunch of self-entitled crybabies, who whine and complain and fight dirty and throw a hissy fit when we don't get our way. What did you expect? Don't like it? Stop whining on a CNN comment board, and get out there and do something about it – you have less than 30 days until America gets to vote on this, and decide who runs the country and who goes home a loser.

    Are you going to support the only candidate left in the race to show a shred of common sense and decency? Or are you going to let an angry, erratic, vengeful old man, and his flat-out dumb sidekick caribou barbie run the country?

    October 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  24. liz, from MO

    McCain campaign desperate right now and unless a miracle happens to turn things around, there is no way people are going to subscribe to these desperate tactics. Mind you, 60% of American believe in the possibility of a recession and RNC now files a complaint, what a distraction! It simply will not work this time round.

    October 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. mc shameful mc senile, mc dummy, mcsame

    here goes mcsenile doing what his teachers Limbaugh and Rove said he would do

    the two big fat men who love to hate and who get paid to spread hate, animosity and for being racist in public, announced that this is what mcsame needs to do to divert attention from the real issue : the economy.

    he can do all he want to do, he wont get anywhere, the more negative he goes the worse it gets.

    oh boy old boy, old mcbush,

    no more mcbush.

    October 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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