July 17th, 2010
05:26 PM ET
13 years ago

FEC fines Biden more than $200k for violations

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/10/art.biden052109.gi.jpg caption="Joe Biden owes more than $200,000 to the Treasury, according to an audit."](CNN) – A day after the Federal Elections Commission slapped Joe Biden with a $219,000 fine for spending violations during his failed presidential bid, a spokeswoman for the vice president is calling the ruling “commonplace.”

"Some repayment is commonplace after presidential campaign audits and the repayment ordered here is relatively small,” said Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander. “Payment is due to the Treasury 30 days after the FEC issues its formal ruling and 'Biden for President' will comply with that."

In a report released Friday, the FEC said a mandatory audit showed the campaign had accepted contributions above the legal limit, failed to adequately pay for rides on a private jet, and issued several checks that had never been cashed.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. John

    I didn't know the Fed had it in them to be nonpartisan, it's a good day for all.

    July 17, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Mickey, NY

    No political party should be exempt from fines incurred for violations. Bravo to the FEC.

    July 17, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Karl in Charleston,SC

    "commonplace" – defined as everyone in Washington is a crook.

    July 17, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Another crooked democrat, so what else is new?

    July 17, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |

    One of Obama's mob. A typical gangster trying to swindle the taxpayers. But yet he will be a hero to the Television thieves.

    July 17, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Classic elitist Democrat thinking he wouldn't get caught. Now Uncle Joe can join the likes of Tim Geitner and Tom Daschle! Barry's closest comrades.

    July 17, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Thomas

    CNN is it a fine or a repayment? There is a big difference between the two.

    A fine is a punishment after a conviction.

    A repayment is a corrective action after an audit.

    You wouldn't be faking a headline to incite people would you?

    July 17, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Tracie

    Big deal. Bush was fined 468k. You're doing a fine fine job, Sir.

    July 17, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. CBR

    I think this is pretty normal for campaign funds to be fined. We have built in so many law and checks and balances that candidates' campaign committees will make mistakes. May we find a meaningful topic to discuss. CNN is having a hard time finding the news and writing headlines that make the story appear to be bigger than it is.

    July 17, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. nick

    Ok I am a liberal democrat....and even I want to make a joke about the fine for never being able to shut up...

    July 17, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. Joe

    See these Democrats shouldn't even be in office but behind bars. But because they are they get to make the rules. This isn't justice but socialism!

    July 17, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. joe m

    so let me get this right. every person, or at least most, who's run a presidential campaign are as sloppy with their bookkeeping and have broken the campaign rules. that's a great thing to know.

    what is interesting to me is if anyone applying for a job were found to have broken the application rules, they are subject to possible loss of their current job. why isn't this the case with politicians?

    July 17, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. George of the jungle

    and he paid it back end of story. Now using prostitues and wearing diappers Now thats a story

    July 17, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA


    Joe, you make us laugh in more ways than just your slips of the tongue.

    UA, burn his ass,


    July 17, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    I'm sure Boner will be calling for his impeachment.

    July 17, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Augsbee

    Democrats, Republicans are all politicians, same game, different faces. I guess politicians still haven't learned that sooner or later they get found out, Biden got found out. If I can't trust my Vice President who can I trust???????

    July 17, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. David

    Spending violations a commonplace. Oh really. Wheres the ethics committe. They were tossed out in Obamas administration.

    July 17, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. Indiana Voter

    Typical Democrat breaking election laws and rules again, and calling it "commonplace." Just because it is "commonplace" doesn't mean it is right.

    July 17, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. what?

    Why is this in the political ticket? Oh, to give someone the fuel a Bic into an inferno. Here comes the right wing consipacy theorists...

    July 17, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. Larry

    Ho Hum ...

    By the way, did you hear about the new Republican plan they want to implement IF they get back in office

    Don't feel left out, nobody heard, the Republicans said it's a secret, and don't want the media to see them, or the American people

    But they expect us to vote them back into office so they can put these great plans to use ?

    I'm serious, look it up, it happened yesterday

    Have a great day

    July 17, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Funny rule - If I write a check to YOU and YOU don't cash it, it's my fault.


    July 17, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. malabar

    How can any1 vote republican after reading this! they are the party of lies and corruption. if they cant b trusted with their own campaign finances, how cud any of u support them handling our money?! why do rupublicans hate America? Oh, its a DEMOCRAT, scratch that, their perfect. damn u cnn for reporting a fact! haha, is that pretty much SOP 4 d left? so difficult to pin down their M.O.

    July 18, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  23. malabar

    Of course the big attack on my previous post will b my use of the word their instead of they're. nothng about the issue at hand. more SOP? haha, can u imagine the popped vessels and self righteous blood farts on the left if that was a fine against a mamma grizzly? Grrr! 😉

    July 18, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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