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. Ryan

    Demcracts and Republicans= dumb and dumber


    October 6, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. sandyj

    Desperate actions by desperate people. Swift boating isn't working this time???

    October 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. MBFLA

    It's the economy, STUPID, not contributions to Obama's campaign. Focus on what is important to those of us who will be voting!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Bgail

    I find it very suspicious that the RNC wants an investigation into Obama's campaign fund. And that little slander about "foreign nationals" is just more of the same old fear tactic about Obama's allegiances.

    I just hope that the people who count–those who have to vote to gain the electoral vote count–will see this for what it is. Another desperate attempt to win on slime instead of merit. VOTE OBAMA!!!

    October 6, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Rodger

    The RNC is looking for their fat cats who have changed sides!

    October 6, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Silence Dogood

    The issue is not which money comes from where. Obama has lied – he has chosen to say no lobbyists, no corporate support, all small donations.

    A ridiulous claim that is now finally being questioned. He made the claim – let him defend it now that we know he takes big bucks from Oil, Finance, Insurnace and other corporate sources.

    If you say you can walk on water then you better show us!

    October 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Griff

    I am the real negative... Vote for Borack Obama...
    But! She's so Beautul, she's so Kind and Free... She all the World to me,,,,, She's so kind and free, she's all the the World to me....Sarah Palin...
    Barack Obama??? He's a Bigot.... A women is just another Tool to him....

    October 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Amber

    Hey OhioGirl82,

    "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."

    sounds like your VP- Sarah McPalin. Must make you proud.

    October 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. bridgette

    This is the ulitimate bottom of the barrell. Stick a fork in them they are done.

    October 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. No Way, No How, No Mccain

    The last straw. When this comes to be false that the Obama Campaign is doing the right things, then McPalin is done. It would be time for retirement.

    October 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. CLS in VT

    Can you spell D E S P A R A T I O N?

    October 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  12. Walter, Long Beach

    What a load of crap.

    The McSame campaign knows perfectly well that this can't be done in the next 29 days. All they are after is the little dab of publicity that comes along with the request.

    Bad timing though. Making the request the same day that the Dow closes below 10,000 kind of get you lost in the weeds.

    The desperation is positively oozing from every pore of the McSame organization.

    October 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. Carla

    This is just another attack at character by the GOP to avoid the real issues.

    The world cannot afford to watch the US crumble under another 4 years of Republican rule; as a result, they have a right and possibly a responsibility to help fund Obama's campaign.

    October 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The "foreign national contributions" that McCain and the Republicans are kvetching about are a bunch of tee-shirts ordered throught the internet by two guys in Palestine. This, like every other ridiculous desperate tactic from the McCain campaign, will amount to nothing.

    October 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. Ken, LA California

    We are contributing to Obama, we have not even reach the threshold for the primary contributions, so we will gve some more tonight. The Lobbyist days are numbered, no more Keating Five.

    October 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  16. Julian, AZ

    Now OBAMA is a terrorist pal, he gets donations from foriegners for his campaign...ha! ha!....for the first time the tide has really turned against you morons....that is the Hand of God working miracles.
    OBAMA is a Mystic Warrior and will survive.

    October 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. abdur azad

    when millions of people come forward to help, opposite party (here mcsame)is likely to take a chance. in course of audit, it should be examined in depth whether such contributor(s), if there is/are any, are planted by RNC. don't forget, they have watergate record. they have rove around them. (a man is known by the company he keeps.)
    azad, new york.

    October 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Eddie

    Sounds like Desperation.

    October 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Bill Jay

    McShame is at it again. Palin failin needs to go back to her hockey
    mon's camp. Let us not forget Troopergate.

    October 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. don

    this is funny, this is pity, this is sad for america, mccain will do anything, it sad, this is country first i guess

    October 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    After hearing Palin comments today and a remark asking someone to kill Mr. Obama. The Republican Campaign is and will be responsible for any harm to the Obama family.


    A police officer making racist comments...A POLICE OFFICER in his uniform, how disgusting....how can citizens of this country take such treatment, he should be FIRED for making such remarks.

    October 6, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    Palin will be a footnote to this campaign. She will lose the Governorship of Alaska after she is found guilty of abuse of power. Enjoy her now. Because after November we'll not hear of her again. Thank God.

    October 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Subramanian Venkatraman

    Do you want to elect someone worse than Bush? Elect McCain! In 2000 primaries Republicans preferred Bush because they considered McCain worse! Does McGain expect that Republications will now vote for him, who had been rejected in favour of Bush?

    October 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Jeff

    The RNC should know all about illegal contributions, ask Senator Stevens in Alaska. Or all of the other staffers, congressional members, aides, lawyers, and lobbyists who are in prison right now.


    October 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Linda from Florida

    If there's an auditof Obama's financial contributors, the RNC will be green with envy because they'll find donations from millions of people like me. In my whole life I have never contributed a dime to a political campaign before. But this yearI have been so inspired by Obama's message of hope that I have contributed $75 to his campaign, and as soon as I finish writing this message, I'm contributing another $25. And for anyone who cares to know, I'm a disabled woman on a fixed income.

    October 6, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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