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Obama likely to escape campaign audit (What McCain was thinking ALERT)
Politco (via YAHOO) ^ | 11/11/08 11:14 AM EST | KENNETH P. VOGEL

Posted on 11/11/2008 9:26:49 AM PST by 11th Commandment

The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to conduct a potentially embarrassing audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign’s record-shattering windfall, despite allegations of questionable donations and accounting that had the McCain campaign crying foul.

Adding insult to injury for Republicans: The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCain’s campaign coffers, which will take months, if not years, and cost McCain millions of dollars to defend.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: audit; bho2008; boughtandpaidfor; campaignfinance; corrption; fec; fundraising; govwatch; mccain; obama; probe
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During the last weeks of the campaign, I was so excited about Palin, I forgot about all these dumb things in McCains past. Now in the reflections of defeat, is it any wonder why the man lost.
1 posted on 11/11/2008 9:26:50 AM PST by 11th Commandment
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To: 11th Commandment

Someone actually thought they would? Amazing.


2 posted on 11/11/2008 9:29:44 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: 11th Commandment

Yep...McCain sold Obama the rope Obama used to hang him with...


3 posted on 11/11/2008 9:29:56 AM PST by rottndog (McCain....We don't need no steenkeen McCain...)
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To: 11th Commandment
"Obama is expected to escape that level of scrutiny mostly because he declined an $84 million public grant for his campaign that automatically triggers an audit and because the sheer volume of cash he raised and spent minimizes the significance of his errors."

What the heck does that mean! The fraud is so great, so why bother?

4 posted on 11/11/2008 9:31:37 AM PST by avacado
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To: 11th Commandment

I don’t think it was as much a choice as a default. Big Republican donors weren’t going to fork over millions upon millions for a lukewarm candidate, so he had to go the public funding route.

Since it’s Veterans Day, I feel it’s appropriate to thank John McCain and all veterans for their service and sacrifice. But that doesn’t erase McCains record of “reaching across the aisle” that in the end proved to be his undoing, IMHO.


5 posted on 11/11/2008 9:32:10 AM PST by bigbob
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To: 11th Commandment
McCain-Feingold-- Campaign finance reform that screwed McCain. The enginer hoist on his own petard....

Poetic justice....

6 posted on 11/11/2008 9:32:12 AM PST by freebilly
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To: 11th Commandment

Bush should issue an Executive Order calling for the Audit.


7 posted on 11/11/2008 9:32:54 AM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: 11th Commandment

Every time I think about the idiotic monstrosity that is “campaign finance reform” I realize again that McCain deserved to LOSE...... not that the country deserves Obama/Biden, but c’mon, McCain’s “reaching across the aisle” has usually been on behalf of some of the worst crapola in our political system.


8 posted on 11/11/2008 9:33:04 AM PST by Enchante (Make Fox News come clean on the hoax attacks on Governor Sarah Palin!!!)
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To: 11th Commandment

Another good reason not to take federal financing.


9 posted on 11/11/2008 9:34:17 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Nihil utile nisi quod honestum - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: avacado
What the heck does that mean! The fraud is so great, so why bother?

Bingo!
10 posted on 11/11/2008 9:34:54 AM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: TexasGreg

Yes he should. But we know he won’t.


11 posted on 11/11/2008 9:36:03 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: bigbob
But that doesn’t erase McCains record of “reaching across the aisle” that in the end proved to be his undoing, IMHO.

You are far from alone in that belief.

12 posted on 11/11/2008 9:36:05 AM PST by GATOR NAVY (guess I'm just a spudboy)
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To: avacado

The rules don’t apply to Nobama. He will never have to even prove he is a natural-born citizen, much less account for all his foreign campaign contributions. He will be the Ruler and there is NOTHING anyone can do against him. But the World loves him, so that’s all that matters.


13 posted on 11/11/2008 9:36:18 AM PST by nobama08
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To: 11th Commandment
The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCain’s campaign coffers, which will take months, if not years, and cost McCain millions of dollars to defend.

McCain has my deepest sympathy.

But then, a fool and his money are soon parted.

14 posted on 11/11/2008 9:38:50 AM PST by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate, makes a Marxist President.)
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To: 11th Commandment

That’s hilarious.

The only silver lining here is that, effectively, there are no more campaign finance laws anymore, and we can raise as much as we want from any source, foreign or domestic, as long as we’re willing to launder it through small amounts in fraudulent credit card transactions.

The dark cloud is that the campaign finance laws are still on the books and we can count on them being used exclusively against Republicans from now on.


15 posted on 11/11/2008 9:38:51 AM PST by denydenydeny (ui)
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To: denydenydeny
(snip)"The dark cloud is that the campaign finance laws are still on the books and we can count on them being used exclusively against Republicans from now on."

In a Potemkin democracy, the instruments of government are used to suppress opposition, promote right thinking and assure that the ruling elite are never challenged.

16 posted on 11/11/2008 9:43:55 AM PST by Truth29
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To: TexasGreg
Bush should issue an Executive Order calling for the Audit.

He should.

But he won't.

17 posted on 11/11/2008 9:47:41 AM PST by null and void (This isn't an election, it's a manifestation of a Salvador Dali painting. [Persistence of Division])
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To: 11th Commandment

embarrassing? who the hell cares if it’s embarrassing? when did anyone ever care how “embarrassing” the gazillions of investigations launched at Bush were for no good reason?
Don’t they realize what a dangerous precedent this sets, for no one to even look at where all that money came from? WHAT A FRIGGIN’ JOKE


18 posted on 11/11/2008 9:51:06 AM PST by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: 11th Commandment
Just as a handful of wealthy Americans pay half of income taxes, it is likely that a handful of people contributed most of the $350 million in unidentified campaign contributions. Since there is no investigation those who contributed far in excess of allowed limits have the ability to blackmail Obama if he doesn’t do their bidding. Obama had to know who was behind his record fundraising when he decided to forgo public funds. Leaking that information would destroy the Obama Presidency and so Obama will do what ever his financiers want. At least with full disclosure we would know who Obama is beholden to, as things stand we don't know who will be pulling Obama’s chain.
19 posted on 11/11/2008 9:54:13 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: 11th Commandment

What happened to the $millions Obama got that he didn’t have time to spend?


20 posted on 11/11/2008 9:59:13 AM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the hell out of the way!)
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To: oneolcop
What happened to the $millions Obama got that he didn’t have time to spend?

2012?

21 posted on 11/11/2008 10:00:56 AM PST by 11th Commandment (2008 was an historical election - the first time a socialist was elected President.)
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To: avacado

No, it means the FIX is in and has been for months.


22 posted on 11/11/2008 10:01:09 AM PST by dusttoyou (First they steal our savings, then our liberty)
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To: 11th Commandment

I for one am glad we can all go back to bashing McCain. It was really hard during the election to be enthusiastic about him. If it weren’t for Palin...


23 posted on 11/11/2008 10:06:11 AM PST by Pondo
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To: 11th Commandment
Sorry, I missed the irony through my tears as I reflect on what will happen to this country over the next four years.

TAKE HEART! NOT ALL IS LOST! The Scotch whiskey which was distilled the year Bob Dole was whupped is now 12 years old! Should be enough to last us all throughout the storm ahead.

24 posted on 11/11/2008 11:05:51 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: null and void

He also won’t pardon Ramos and Compean. He just does not give a * .


25 posted on 11/11/2008 11:11:48 AM PST by omega4179 (Jindal 2012)
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To: 11th Commandment
As I predicted in October:

To: Unam Sanctam

If the American people are dumb enough to elect this loony liberal, then God help us because we will need it. Kiss your civil liberties, such as they are, good bye because the move to consolidate his power will be ruthless and swift and with Nancy and Harry Kow Towing he gets a pass from congress.

His fist step will be to stifle the inevitable justice department investigation of his money machine because big money equals big corruption and his campaign reeks like Enron. Next will be free speech and guns and God knows what else then its full speed to reelection.

Be afraid my friends. Be very afraid and get yourself and as many people as you can to vote for McCain even if you wold rather chew on tin foil. The alternative would be disastrous and irreversible.

25 posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:35:21 PM by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU) [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse]

26 posted on 11/11/2008 11:15:56 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: 11th Commandment

what’s good for the goose is good for the gander


27 posted on 11/11/2008 11:20:56 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: avacado
It means it's no big deal...if $100 Million was illegal...because "0" raised 8-9 times that.
28 posted on 11/11/2008 11:23:55 AM PST by Osage Orange (Victims that fight back live longer.....................)
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To: null and void
What the heck is up with Bush and the republicans. Why was ACORN and Obama allowed to steal votes through fraud. Why was Obama allowed to take campaign money illegally? Why has our, still Republican controlled, justice system stood by and just watched all this illegal activity?

SOMETHING STINKS HERE FOLKS

29 posted on 11/11/2008 11:26:20 AM PST by weston (As far as I am concerned, it is Christ or nothing!)
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To: 11th Commandment

I hope they take every dime he has left. What a complete and total loser. Americans love a winner, and will not tolerate a looser.


30 posted on 11/11/2008 11:32:08 AM PST by ichabod1 (You won't know obammunism is here until it puts a boot in your (fat) bottom.)
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To: weston
SOMETHING STINKS HERE FOLKS

This is an HISTORIC level of funk. If it ever breaks loose it will make Teapot Dome look like a tempest in a teapot. Be vigilant -- be prepared to strike fast. We may only get one chance.

31 posted on 11/11/2008 11:37:06 AM PST by ichabod1 (You won't know obammunism is here until it puts a boot in your (fat) bottom.)
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To: Enchante

So McCAIN deserved to lose because of its reform and what did OSAMABAMA deserve? To win and be POTUS as being a big cheat and liar?OK then everything is fine and YOU have what YOU deserve


32 posted on 11/11/2008 11:39:29 AM PST by Ulysse (.)
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To: bigbob
“reaching across the aisle”... in the end proved to be his undoing

A Great Lesson for ALL of us....kinda like 'reaching across the aisle to Al Qaeda'!!!!Turns out that BDS wasn't BDS after all...it was RDS! Any Republican in that chair is anathema to the new DP (Dysfunctional Party).

33 posted on 11/11/2008 11:42:10 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: weston

It is CHRIST and....guns if necessary.
Right time for brave knights


34 posted on 11/11/2008 11:43:49 AM PST by Ulysse (.)
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To: 11th Commandment

So there is no benefit for playing by the rules? Nice, Patriot makes yet another note. Christian says, goodness is its own reward.


35 posted on 11/11/2008 11:48:09 AM PST by steve0
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To: denydenydeny

Some of us believe that you actually could have said: “laws are still on the books and we can count on them being used exclusively against Republicans from now on.”


36 posted on 11/11/2008 11:55:46 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP

I think you are correct. Everything about Obama’s campaign seems to lead to the idea the man is bought and paid for by some wealthy coalition.

You state: “Obama had to know who was behind his record fundraising when he decided to forgo public funds.” I believe he knew who was behind it all prior to running. I believe he is a Marionette for a wealthy coalition of self serving purpose. I believe he knowingly lied when in the beginning of his campaign he stated he would accept Public Funding. He lied to throw off suspicions of his resources.

I’ll never forget that comment he made as a retort to the McCain camp “He doesn’t know who he is dealing with”. I thought at the time simply an egotistical jerk shooting off his mouth, but after analyzing the overall picture I see more to it. He ran a slick and costly campaign that was very well organized in every detail. That requires not only monetary backing, but (here’s the clinker) EXTREME CONFIDENCE IN THAT MONETARY RESOURCE.

Obama is loyal to some source, NOT to the people of this Nation IMO.


37 posted on 11/11/2008 11:55:55 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
those who contributed far in excess of allowed limits have the ability to blackmail Obama if he doesn’t do their bidding.

...it'll be easy....just look at his Cabinet. The big donors will be sitting there.

38 posted on 11/11/2008 11:58:44 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: avacado
What the heck does that mean! The fraud is so great, so why bother?

No. McCain used government funds to run his campaign...I always thought it was so stupid for a Republican to use tax payers money for campaign uses. Republicans are supposed to be small government independent people. What McCain did was suck the money out of the governments bottle and now because of that he will have to ensure that the welfare money he took (what else do you call it) will have to be scrutinized. O’Bama used volunteer money so the government does not care about it. Make sense to me.

39 posted on 11/11/2008 12:01:21 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: 11th Commandment

“potentially embarrassing”

As in “wouldn’t make a damn bit of difference”?


40 posted on 11/11/2008 12:04:58 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: wolfcreek

This just in ... McCain is a dope.


41 posted on 11/11/2008 12:11:32 PM PST by WaterBoard (Somewhere a Village is Missing it's Socialist.)
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To: napscoordinator
O’Bama used volunteer money so the government does not care about it. Make sense to me.

There are still laws and the Government should care about it.

42 posted on 11/11/2008 12:11:44 PM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Ulysse

you have a SEVERE problem with basic reading comprehension


43 posted on 11/11/2008 12:26:55 PM PST by Enchante (Make Fox News come clean on the hoax attacks on Governor Sarah Palin!!!)
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To: Enchante

NOTE TO SELF:

WHEN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TURN AVS OFF AND GET 100 TIMES THE MONEY, WHO CARES WHERE IT COMES FROM, IF YOU WIN, NO AUDIT...

BRILLIANT


44 posted on 11/11/2008 12:28:02 PM PST by Scythian
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To: Scythian

Yeah, I cannot believe that we cannot even get an audit of Obambi’s fundraising after the fact. Of course, the damage is already done, but even now we (apparently) cannot expect the effects of turning off AVS to be properly examined by a rigorous audit.


45 posted on 11/11/2008 12:30:25 PM PST by Enchante (Make Fox News come clean on the hoax attacks on Governor Sarah Palin!!!)
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To: 11th Commandment
The world is getting sicker by the day.

IMHO the Republicans AND Conservative Parties had better start accepting each other or we are finished running against the Democrat Party. This election and the lack of organization has shown us that we had ALL better get our act together and fast. "Divided we fall", remember that one? None of this, my way or the highway SH!T.

46 posted on 11/11/2008 12:39:11 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: 11th Commandment

McCain tried to corral Obama into accepting matching funds. What else could he do?


47 posted on 11/11/2008 12:44:28 PM PST by TheThinker (It is the natural tendency of government to gravitate towards tyranny.)
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To: 11th Commandment

Oh, so the lesson to learn here is that if you get enough money from enough shady sources, and constantly lie and cover up about it, the govt. will let you go because there’s just too much volume to do a good audit. And being a DemonRat definitely helps.

But if you act in good faith and follow the rules, they’ll hound you until the day you die.


48 posted on 11/11/2008 1:39:37 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Never argue with idiots. They'll pull you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: avacado

This is the exact quote I was going to comment on. It absolutely spins my head off. Justice, common sense, honesty, and moral conviction is dying. The price we will pay now and pass to our children is truly staggering. Freedom is being redefined people. Let there be no mistake about it.


49 posted on 11/11/2008 1:58:14 PM PST by RetroFit
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To: avacado

It means that it’s coming very close to lock and load time.


50 posted on 11/11/2008 1:59:04 PM PST by an amused spectator (I am Joe, too - I'm talkin' to you, VBM: The Volkischer Beobachter Media)
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