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. pityParty

    Not GOP Party! Grasping at everything and anything! Here's an idea how about help your party find solutions to a devasted economy.

    Indep. voting Obama/Biden

    Our country needs someone that can be in control and not be a puppet jumping all over the place!

    October 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. carol

    Mccain is just a sorry old man.....he needs to retire from public office
    and go and be a jerk somewhere else.
    We don't need smarmy, condescending,ignorant, lying and a sexist.....how does Sarah think she got the job!!!!!!
    JUST GO AWAY McCAIN/PALIN NOBODY WANTS TO SEE OR HEAR FROM YOU ANYMORE!!!!!

    October 6, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. drew

    Terrorist: An individual who uses violence, terror, and intimidation to achieve a result.

    Who's the real terrorist? GOP.

    October 6, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. PhilT

    Wouldn't be surprised if the re pubs made questionable donations to try to rig this from the beginning.

    It's getting ugly out their in McFantasy land. Keep your eye on the MooseBurglar.

    October 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Indiana Bob

    It's about time someone looked into all the Obama contributions coming from Islamic countries and terrorist networks. They would love to have a president who is all talk and no action, especially if he also owes them. After 9/11, I never thought we would actually elect a president who is bought and paid for by Islamic extremists. Good luck with that America. I thought the Republican rhetoric was over the top, but I guess we will actually be fighting them at home.

    October 6, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Bruce

    Just a thought...could the "good will" contributor have been an imposter from the RNC who planned this all along. If I wanted to interupt a winning campaign, this is how I would do it.

    Think about it.

    October 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. juney

    who is palin? she is a woman who
    rule by arrogant and if people dont do what she said she turn on them like how she use her power to fire her brother in law and the comissioner in alaska, as a
    woman and a mother i want to let palin know that she cant take that kind of attitude to the white house, and i hope very soon that the investigation about her in alaska will soon come to light so people can see the real palin.

    October 6, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  8. Double-Talk Express

    John McCain should suspend his campaign again because it's about to crater.

    October 6, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Regina

    This is the first time we have donated to a Presidential Campaign.

    We did it four times for Obama.

    If we could we would do more, much more.

    I am ashamed at the nastiness of the McCain Camp, after he said it so LOUD AND CLEAR that he would run a CLEAN campaign.

    So much for his unruly tongue. I could have felt bad for Sarah Palin, but with her seductive winks and lying tongue, she defies what she supposedly stands for. OBAMA-– keep firing back . God Bless You and your family . Ignore the Sleaze from the RNC, they're desperate. Children play cleaner games than they are trying to do. We are not stupid out here, we can spot" phony "a mile away.

    October 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Fred in Canada

    Palin has promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). She has opposed federal listing of the polar bear as an endangered species warning that it would adversely affect energy development in Alaska. She has also opposed the designation of the Cook Inlet beluga whale as an endangered species and has supported the hunting of wolves by low flying air planes. Palin does not believe that global warming is human-caused.

    Palin's foreign policy positions were unclear at the time she was picked as McCain's running mate. When asked for her views about troop escalations in Iraq, she replied "…while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place.

    In her nomination acceptance speech, and later on the campaign trail, Palin said: "I told the Congress 'thanks, but no thanks,' for that Bridge to Nowhere. McCain-Palin television advertisements also claim Palin "stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. Newsweek has deemed Palin's position "an astonishing pivot.... Now she talks as if she always opposed the funding.

    October 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Ian

    Looks like we can't trust either of them.

    Google "Votepact"

    October 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. Mike

    Look I am an independant and I am still undecided, but these boards really are nasty. So why is everyone on here freaking out. So if it is true nobody should audit the funds? If it's not true why do you care. He will be vindicated and Mcain will look even more desperate....

    Just sayin

    October 6, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  13. VoteObama

    The GOP is also starting voter challenges. The are trying deny people the right to vote based on address changes and other tactics

    Is this a 3rd world country with voter intimidation or the United States?

    October 6, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Kris

    To OhioGirl82:

    Can you point to which Article or section of the US Constitution "specifically forbids" foreign support? Or is your knowledge of the Constitution as extensive as Pallin's?

    October 6, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Indiana Bob

    It's about time someone looked into all the Obama contributions coming from Islamic countries and terrorist networks. They would love to see us elect a president who is all talk and no action, especially if he also owes them. After 9/11, I never thought I would actually see us elect a president who is bought and paid for by Islamic extremists. I also thought the Republican rhetoric was over the top, but I guess we will actually be fighting them here at home. Good luck with that America.

    October 6, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. ERIC, MN

    dennis from chicago
    -------------------------------–

    Still trying to push that Obama is not American. Are you naive or just stupid. It has already been proven by multiple sources (including your favorite station Fox News) that Obama was born in Hawaii. So, either you need to grow up or smarten up, Im not sure which one. Hopefully the former, but probably the ladder. Dennis just go vote for the white guy because that is what you were going to do anyway. Obama wasnt born in America. Man, some people are just way to ignorant for the 21st century.

    October 6, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  17. Justin from CT

    Nice backfire on Mac, finally the FEC is working.

    October 6, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. KJL

    McCain is going to have to raid his wife's piggy bank again if Obama keeps raising more money than him.

    I hate when rich people like McCain try to tell us how much the economic turn-down hurts. He buys more houses and cars than he can keep track of, while we're budgeting to buy groceries.

    October 6, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    dennis, give it a rest–

    The facts have been checked over and over and over.
    The Republicans are in big trouble so this is how they address the issues? Nice!

    OhioGirl–

    Over half the money is unaccounted for?
    I'm going to guess that the records will not show that. I know that every time I have contributed they get all kinds of specific information from me. Sure, there may be some money from overseas just like McCain had but your argument has been sitting on these blogs for months and no one has yet to show any evidence.

    October 6, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. Jewel79

    The McCain/palin ticket can't come up with real solutions, so they come up with this BS. Their jealousy is so "transparent".

    October 6, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. ERIC, MN

    Dennis from Chicago

    Still trying to push that Obama isnt an American, huh? Are you naive or just stupid. It has already been proven by every news source ( even your personal favorite Fox News) that Obama WAS BORN IN HAWAII. Now, Im not sure why you cant grasp this reality, but I think you either need to grow up or smarten up. Im not sure which one. Hopefully the former, but probably the ladder. It saddens me to know that we still have a long way to go, to rid this world of all the people like Dennis out there. Some people are just way to ignorant for the 21st century.

    October 6, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Darrel from Denver

    Trying to come up with a smear. Simple as that.

    This party is ethically lost and morally bankrupt.

    I pity those who still support it.

    October 6, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  23. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    I smell stunt.

    Let's get the truth on McCain's advisor's $15 THOUSAND dollars per MONTH from Freddie Mac.

    Let's get that, shall we?

    Pathetic.

    October 6, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  24. ERIC, MN

    To all people on here (dennis from Chicago) that cant grasp the reality that Obama was born in America. It has been proven by every major news source (even Fox News, reluctantly I might add) that OBAMA WAS BORN IN HAWAII. Just because you wish something was false, doesnt make it false. There are opinions and facts. You can have your own opinions, but you cant make up your own facts.

    October 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. MEP

    McCain really is a one trick pony: nasty. Negativity will only demean his flailing campaign. The debate may well be too ugly to watch. Civility might be a nice change.

    October 6, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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