October 6th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
14 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. CJG

    They just can not believe the average joe sixpack actually donates to Obama or just trying to throw a wrench into the Obama momentum.

    Just hope they look into MCcains ....he has all those rich repubs and Wall st on his side. And Donald Trump. Yeah , if I were a multi millionaire I might want all those tax breaks too!

    But it would be hard to keep up with what everyone donates and from where! So just hope they are on top of it! Cuz you know they will dig .

    October 6, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. hillary clinton supporter for McCain

    get over it people... obama doesn't have the balls to fight back. She has the heels on and the gloves off!!!!! Show 'em the pearly whites PALIN!

    October 6, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. KJ

    Just another desperate major on behalf of a sinking ship.

    October 6, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. deborah, WV

    A lot of this economic meltdown lies at the feet of the conservative media. Their spreading of Republican lies and attacks can be directly attributed to the election of Bush and the last eight years of our country's decline in our economy, military and standing in the world.

    Rush Limbaugh alone had a 400 million dollar deal for the next eight years.

    THIS NEEDS TO STOP or the Republicans will be right back in power asap.

    We the people need to BOYCOTT all the sponsers of this cancer on our country.

    October 6, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Don

    too unknown and too non-transparent!

    October 6, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. NB, VA

    Anything to distract attention away from the pressing issues that is grappling this country! These people will say and do anything to get elected. What a shame! They have already robbed this country of its resources- trillion $ for the War of choice + billions for years to come (not counting priceless lives lost); 4 trillion $ added to the national debt; largest increase in discretionary spending; and to top it all off, bankrupt the economy with their reckless deregulatory policies over the years while allowing greedy CEOs to get away with fat golden parachutes. Not to mention, all of this charged to the giant credit card called 'China' for our children and grandchildren to pay off for decades to come. But what amazes me is that they think the American people are stupid enough to buy all this bull they are throwing at us. I am sure there are some who will fall for this Houdini smokescreen but majority of Americans are smarter than that.

    October 6, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. McSameMcCain on myspace

    So, just how much did John McCain's buddy Keating (of Keating 5 fame....where John was one of the 5) help raise for McCain this year? $50,000. Man McCain just can't seem to help himself.

    October 6, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. Jill

    How come the GOP is just now doing this? Why didn't they say anything earlier in the election? It's because they're scrambling for something – just one thing – to try to swing it their way. And it's not going to happen. Next thing you know, they'll be challenging for a revote on Nov. 4.


    October 6, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.

    Turn the other cheek Obama. Let these fake Christians sling all the mud they want. WWJS. Who would Jesus smear???? Obama is a true Christian and he's above this evil. Sarah Palin is no Christian.

    October 6, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. ENOUGH

    It would be so nice if the Republicans could resist gimmicks like this.

    October 6, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Martin

    Jealousy, desperation, bad judgement, cheating, lies-
    you pathetic old fool and brainless moose
    McShame & MsMoran
    They are putting themselves first
    American Vote for Obama / Biden

    October 6, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    indy chris (above) is a funny dude.

    October 6, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. Daniel, Los Angeles, CA

    To OhioGirl82:

    McCain had to return hundreds of thousands of dollars because there WERE foreign nationals contributing to his campaign.

    October 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  14. Juan Grain

    Time to donate more! Go Obama/Biden. Do you think mCain can win and that they will get an audit before Nov 4th. NOT. The United States is turning BLUE & PURPLE real fast!

    October 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. terry in fl

    It's about time! Obama was using my name as a supporter until I personally contacted his campaign and requested that they cease and desist. There's no telling how much was donated under other people's names. Obama is a crook and you people will regret the day you ever fell for his phoney baloney!

    October 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. GOP for Obama

    Remember how John McCain thought this was going to be a campaign filled with humor? "All we're doing is having some fun here," he said about the Paris Hilton ad. THAT was in indication of the MANY missteps he would make along the road to defeat.

    Come on, John.....we want the old smiling John back!!!! And remember, you can tell the true measure of a man by how he takes defeat.

    SMILE,John ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    October 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Bill Charlotte,NC

    "Terrorist" + "Palling around with terrorist pals + Rev. Wright+ questioning funds + go negative rather than talk about issues-"If we talk about issues, we lose" = DESPERATE

    October 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. ME IN FL

    Dennis in Chicago,

    Glad that you brought up case # 08-cv-04083. I don't think people want to know about this, they rather look the other way. This will be very interesting to see!

    October 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Realistic

    The Party of Nixon/Watergate must be desperate if they are going to raise campaign finance issues!

    October 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. GOP for Obama

    "W" = WORST EVER

    "McW" = Worst runner-up EVER ! !

    October 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Tony H

    Once again, the Republican party wants to turn the attention away from the economy....something they know nothing about...obviously.
    VOTE OBAMA for a new direction.

    October 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. mary mt

    Caïn is jealous

    October 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. 'Good Will'

    Why is this FEC probe such bad news Obama supoorters? Let them take a look, I 'M SURE they won't find anything.

    October 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |




    October 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  25. GOP for Obama

    Has "WOW W OW WOW" (or whatever its name is) retired?

    I miss its stupid comments!!!

    October 6, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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