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. Jillie

    The Republicans are so desperate that they will do anything and say anything to drawn attention away from our economy. McCain and Palin don't have a clue. Sling some more mud. What a pair of idiots!!

    October 6, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. Kellee

    Too bad the Republicans didn't investigate their own instead of Obama. If they had, we wouldn't have the disaster on Wall Street. DUH!!!!!


    October 6, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Julianne

    Of course the rnc is squawking – this is all out desperation. Just another Hail Mary attempt – all part of their puzzle – all part of the game to paint Obama as a terrorist, different, scary – oh, and by the way, he's black.

    It's kind of late in the game for this nonsense, but if you can't run on the issues you run from them with phoney distractions like this.

    October 6, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Independent but Leaning

    The left wing nut jobbers are out in ful force...

    If your boy's clean, what's the worry?

    October 6, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. John S

    All I have to say to John McCain and Sarah Palin is, if something bad happens to Obama or his family because of these racial and evil accusations they are making is, you want to run for cover and you better dig a deep hole to hide in. Because no place on earth will be safe for you.No street or state will protect you with the reprocushions that will follow. Not even God himslef will protect you from the wrath of the people who with hunt you down like the rats you are.

    October 6, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. VA 4 Obama

    Obama = $405M+ (Unlimited)

    McCain = $84M (Federally Limited)

    Shoulda decided against public funds, McCrypt!

    O-JOE '08!

    October 6, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Beth

    Now the Republicans want an investigation into finances!!. Too bad they didn't investigate their own, we wouldn't have the disaster on Wall Street we have today. DUH!!!


    October 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. srblue

    I think it is so sad that McCain has traded his honor for the promise of power. He had so much more dignity and public respect before he started his attack campaign – is this the legacy he wants to leave behind? From hero to zero – truly I am sad for him and his children.

    October 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. voter


    McCain did receive money from forgein nationals and had to return 1.2 million. There is uncertanity if McCain returned the money.

    October 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Mia

    What a pack of fools!!

    October 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. KC

    A Maverick is a cattel hustler. For all you city folk, that means he steals the riches of his neighbors. Look it up.

    October 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. David

    Let's see McCain's contributions.

    October 6, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. Roberta

    What will they complain about next?!!?. The Republicans remind me of my 4 year old grandchild who didn't get the piece of cake he wanted.

    October 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Amy

    There's nothing that is below the GOP to do. Expect lots of lawsuits should Obama win Nov. 4th. Slimeballs.

    October 6, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Kara

    Not only is the Republican ticket an absolute mess, they are becoming more and more pathetic.

    October 6, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Scott L

    "while no organization is completely protected from internet fraud"

    I love how Obama's camp caveats this statement. I am going to be laughing so hard at the liberals when Obama is crushed November 4th.

    There is no way Obama is going to win this election.

    It is hilarious how you liberals think he is going to win.

    John McCain has nothing to hide in his long history serving our country. You gloss over Rev Wright, Ayers, Rezko, and countless other questionable ties that Obama has in his past.

    Barack Obama has done NOTHING for America. Absolutely nothing.

    Read his voting record. Present or in cohorts with the most liberal agenda in the Senate.

    John McCain has reached across the aisle many many many times. Obama has done so ONCE. His campaign can only say ONE time. I suppose that is enough if you are a flaming liberal hypocrite who wants America to be turned into a socialistic country.

    Please keep Pelosi and Obama to yourselves. Even if McCain is elected, he will serve out one term and it will be HIllary vs Palin in 2012.

    Read it and weep liberals. You've got nothing on November 4th.

    October 6, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. Why Obama

    Democrat voting McCain a man who seems trustworthy.

    October 6, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  18. Enough

    dennis from chicago
    You are a moron, do you know that?

    October 6, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. so sad

    Is there any Independants on this site or just angry Democrats.

    October 6, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. Carolynn Blair

    NOBAMA, he is a terriost in my opinino, lord help our country if he gets elected . I believe he is the anti christ and wants to take over America, Better collect your guns and money the bad guys are coming. Pray for McCain/Palin to win..

    October 6, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Reasonable Observer

    Obama will do whatever it takes to win. I cannot believe how his supporters look the other way on everything. Obama has contributors with names like Mr. Good Will (giving $13,000+ by the way.)

    Do you know who Obama is? I hope you find out before it is too late. Make an informed decision instead of following the crowd.

    October 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. Susan in Florida

    A bunch of us volunteers in Central Florida hit the streets again today, making sure everyone who wants to vote gets their Voter Registration Application into Campaign Headquarters by midnight tonight. Obama supporters are asking when is the soonest they can vote early, and how can they contribute a few dollars to the campaign?
    This is really exciting stuff, people!

    October 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Michael B

    If it turns out that even a small amount of Obama's funds had been from foreign companies, and Obama did nothing until called out on it (unlike McCain, who preemptively returned the money), the ethics of Obama and his campaign would have reached an unforgivable point for me.

    October 6, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  24. Michael B

    Hey Donna, are you an idiot? McCain's didn't accept public funding. He did it the fair way. Obama backed out of that promise and lied to the American people.

    October 6, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. Economy

    Give it up man we the Anerican people are smater that these stupid distractions and scare tactics. Lets talk about something on the economy, healthcare, mortgage crisis and the high cost of gas. That is my concern at this point.

    October 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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