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FEC Launches Audit of Obama's 2008 Campaign
Roll Call ^ | April 16, 2011 | Alex Knott

Posted on 04/16/2011 7:05:00 PM PDT by Qbert

The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obama's record-breaking 2008 campaign.

Individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call Friday that the FEC has been investigating the financial records of Obama's previous campaign. The scope of the probe, which began approximately two years ago, is unknown. Presidential audits typically take years to complete and can cost millions of dollars.

The newly formed 2012 Obama campaign did not deny there was an audit, but a spokeswoman called it a "review."

"The FEC is conducting a routine review — as is true with the McCain Campaign, the Romney Campaign and many others — to determine if they have any questions with the information reported," said Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for the campaign. "Given that there was an historic number of contributors and contributions — nearly four million and over nine million respectively — this takes time."

The FEC was not required to audit the president's campaign because Obama chose not to accept $84 million in federal funds following the Democratic National Convention in 2008. However, the agency was obligated to launch a similar investigation into Republican nominee Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) 2008 White House bid after he opted to receive government funds.

FEC spokespeople would not confirm the audit of Obama's 2008 bid or say why the agency used its discretion to launch its investigation. But the decision came in the wake of Republican allegations of illegal contributions, as well as dozens of letters from the agency questioning transactions that appeared out of compliance with campaign finance laws.

The FEC's decision to audit the campaign is not surprising, given that it was the largest federal campaign in history, raising more than $750 million in receipts. If Obama's campaign were not audited, it would have been the first presidential nominee's campaign to escape such scrutiny since the public financing system was created in 1976.

The potential for the FEC's audit became increasingly more likely as the FEC questioned some of Obama campaign filings. In all, the FEC wrote 26 letters to Obama for America warning the campaign that if it did not adequately respond to the agency's questions that it "could result in an audit or enforcement action."

These letters totaled more than 1,500 pages of questions and data that outlined compliance concerns — including the longest one ever sent to a presidential candidate.

The Obama campaign has shown signs of an audit for years as it has ramped up its spending on legal fees and other similar expenses, according to CQ MoneyLine study of disclosure reports.

As of the end of March, Obama for America had spent nearly $3 million on legal fees since the 2008 election. In all, the president's campaign spent three times more on lawyers after Election Day than in the two years preceding it.

The lion's share of Obama's legal spending went to Perkins Coie, a well-known Democratic legal and accounting firm. Perkins Coie is representing the Obama campaign in all major legal matters, including seven of the FEC's known investigations involving the White House bid. In each of these cases, the FEC voted to dismiss the case or found "no reason to believe" that the Obama for America or related committees had violated any laws.

Perkins Coie may be also representing Obama for America in the FEC's spending investigation of a Republican National Committee complaint. A few weeks before the election, the RNC alleged that Obama's campaign accepted donations from foreign nationals, received contributions that had exceed limits and submitted fictitious donor names to the agency. The status of this investigation is unknown, though the FEC confirmed it received the complaint. Obama campaign officials said they have made significant efforts to track down elusive donor information for some of its contributors. In many situations, it has chosen to make large refunds or give any questionable money to the government.

During the 2010 cycle, the Obama campaign led all organizations when it came to sending refunds to individual donors. Following the election, it disclosed disbursement transactions totaling more than $5.7 million in refunds.

Though the FEC has not penalized Obama, the president's campaign has also voluntarily paid more than $400,000 to the Treasury Department during the past two years for donations that were out of compliance with campaign finance rules.

This sum is not just the most of any campaign; it is greater than all other similar spending by House, presidential and political action committees put together during the 2010 cycle. The Obama campaign paid the Treasury Department $232,000 at the end of 2009 for "disgorgement of unverifiable contributors" and another $182,000 in June 2010 for "uncashed checks."

"Legal fees and disgorgement are consistent with FEC proceedings," said Jan Baran, who heads the election law and government ethics group at Wiley Rein.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; fec; foreignmoney; obama

1 posted on 04/16/2011 7:05:04 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

An audit of Obama’s campaign can only result in a Bush indictment.


2 posted on 04/16/2011 7:07:03 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Qbert

“We found no serious or substantial irregularities...”

It’ll go something like that.


3 posted on 04/16/2011 7:07:03 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Qbert

Took them long enough to start it. I bet it will be over by the end of the month.


4 posted on 04/16/2011 7:08:20 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Qbert

Let the Democrats eat their own.
I think they think 0bama cannot win


5 posted on 04/16/2011 7:09:13 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: Brilliant

The two FEC staffers doing the audit were shown outside the polling place in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 2008. Keepin it real!


6 posted on 04/16/2011 7:10:32 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: Qbert

They’re trying to head off opponents attempts to show where his money came in 2008 before 2012 campaigning starts. They won’t have to answer direct questions. They’ll just say the FEC found no irregularities. And questions about his 2012 contributions will be nipped in the bud.


7 posted on 04/16/2011 7:10:52 PM PDT by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: Qbert

Farce alert—farce alert—Farce alert


8 posted on 04/16/2011 7:10:58 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Qbert

They should Audit Visa and their debit Card Programs and see how Many Consecurive Number card Numbers were Laundering foreign Cash and Union cash.


9 posted on 04/16/2011 7:10:58 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: South Dakota

I think you’re right. I think Hillary unleashed Trump because of this thinking. I think they’re right.


10 posted on 04/16/2011 7:12:57 PM PDT by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: philly-d-kidder

It keeps scumb bags working.


11 posted on 04/16/2011 7:16:35 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Vendome

We found no irregularities with the Kenyan donations.


12 posted on 04/16/2011 7:22:50 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: biggredd1

Could be, Could Be...


13 posted on 04/16/2011 7:25:31 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Vendome

Perkins Coie is the law firm keeping Obama’s documentation a secret. One of their former clerks was given a job in Judge Carter’s court when a suit was filed challenging Obama’s eligibility. I believe Obama’s personal WH lawyer is from Perkins Coie, unless recently changed.


14 posted on 04/16/2011 7:28:17 PM PDT by charlie72
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To: charlie72

IIRC, a Lawyer for PC was prepping for definition of NBC as well.


15 posted on 04/16/2011 7:29:47 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Qbert

In 2008 Obama’s campaign website deliberately turned off all security checks in handling credit card transactions. The website allowed contributions from Mr. Woodya Bendover and Adolf Hitler of 12345 No Such Place Ave. With essentially no limits, and no tracking of illegal overseas sources, he raised a record amount of funds.

The Obama campaign’s website deliberately disabled the Address Verification System (AVS) check. AVS is required by Visa/MC for all Internet mechant accounts to prevent fraud. Yet the Obama campaign was able to override AVS and somehow not get sanctioned by Visa/MC for it. It was willful attempt to avoid the verification of the addresses of the cardholders who contributed to Obama’s campaign.


16 posted on 04/16/2011 7:30:42 PM PDT by Gideon7
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To: Qbert
The potential for the FEC's audit became increasingly more likely as the FEC questioned some of Obama campaign filings. In all, the FEC wrote 26 letters to Obama for America warning the campaign that if it did not adequately respond to the agency's questions that it "could result in an audit or enforcement action."

rules are for other people. There was no stopping this juggernaut.

17 posted on 04/16/2011 7:32:45 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (You is what you am.)
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To: Qbert

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


18 posted on 04/16/2011 7:49:37 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Qbert

I can’t wait for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to take the stand and testify they made campaign contributions. If it gets too rough, I wonder if Disney will fire them.


19 posted on 04/16/2011 8:09:31 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Probably the FEC will use investigators from Gaza or the Hizbollah. Thanks Qbert.


20 posted on 04/16/2011 8:13:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Probably the FEC will use investigators from Gaza or the Hizbollah."

Our phone rooms are open and running NOW!

21 posted on 04/16/2011 8:20:21 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Vendome

Either that is the result or someone will get Jesse and Al involved in the investigation.


22 posted on 04/16/2011 8:39:32 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


23 posted on 04/16/2011 10:05:08 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Qbert

Are they going to find the foreign money and who donated it?


24 posted on 04/17/2011 12:44:16 AM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Darwinism is to Genesis as Global Warming is to Revelations.)
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To: charlie72

>I believe Obama’s personal WH lawyer is from Perkins Coie, unless recently changed.<

isn’t Bidens son involved with perkins Coie as well?


25 posted on 04/17/2011 1:00:00 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Gideon7

And yet. somehow there will be no problems found after this 2 year investigation. Just in time for the next round of “hide the money”


26 posted on 04/17/2011 1:01:43 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
Are they going to find the foreign money and who donated it?

You mean, like the ululating wogs of the Gaza Strip? Funneling candy to the Won?

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=16824

27 posted on 04/17/2011 1:09:47 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Qbert

Yes, Obama can’t win. The Dems (Hillary) know there is something to the BC issue. Trump is the attack dog. They are doing it now so they can prop up another candidate. Obama is in a slow process of getting thrown under a very big bus. Hillary will be the candidate, she will make them beg for her to run. That’s why she made it a point awhile back she was done with public office. And Obama said he might be a one term president. He knew this day would come.


28 posted on 04/17/2011 4:50:38 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Wake up America we are at war with militant Islam and progressives - 2 fronts.)
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To: Qbert

don’t forget the contributions for Obama Tee-Shirts for Hamas in Gaza. If you remember the Obama campaign took over 35,000 from the Edwan Brothers who made multiple contributions from GA. Later it was discovered but the Edwan Brothers never got the alleged refunded money back. Yo can bet the Brothers are Hamas members and Obama is happy to help a fellow Moslem in trying to defeat Israel. Sad that American Jews are helping to destroy Israel by allowing Obama to take funds from Illegal sources.

http://www.google.com/search?q=edwan%20brothers%20gaza&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari&um=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=nw


30 posted on 04/17/2011 1:02:28 PM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: philly-d-kidder

There needs to be a way to make sure that the security feature on credit cards are turned on as its a security verification feature.

There was also one of his campaign handlers who moved to Martinique. can anybody find that link. Her name I think was Vera?

Also seemed to be somebody that Michele Obama didn’t like. This lady just vanished.


31 posted on 04/17/2011 1:07:31 PM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: ncfool

the name is VERA BAKER....

She was a democratic fundraiser and just disappeared to Martinique.

A google search will give you the links for her.


32 posted on 04/17/2011 1:10:46 PM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: Qbert

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2011/02/flashback-colonel-gadhafi-khadafy.html

Flashback: Colonel Gadhafi Khadafy Qaddafi Praises Obama’s Foreign Fundraising Prowess
Interesting the gems one can unearth with this here Internet thing. Thanks, Algore!
In June, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gave a public speech praising Obama, claiming foreign nationals were donating to his campaign. “All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man,” the Libyan leader said. “They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency…”

[O]n July 31 that donors from the Gaza strip had contributed $33,000 to the Obama campaign through bulk purchases of T-shirts they had shipped to Gaza…. A pair of Palestinian brothers named Hosam and Monir Edwan contributed more than $31,300 to the Obama campaign in October and November 2007, FEC records show. Their largesse attracted the attention of the FEC almost immediately. In an April 15, 2008, report that examined the Obama campaign’s year-end figures for 2007, the FEC asked that some of these contributions be reassigned. The Obama camp complied sluggishly, prompting a more detailed admonishment form the FEC on July 30. The Edwan brothers listed their address as “GA,” as in Georgia, although they entered “Gaza” or “Rafah Refugee camp” as their city of residence on most of the online contribution forms…. The latest Obama campaign filing shows that $891.11 still has not been refunded to the Edwan brothers, despite repeated FEC warnings and campaign claims that all the money was refunded in December.


33 posted on 04/17/2011 7:12:27 PM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialist States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: Tainan

:’)


34 posted on 04/17/2011 8:02:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

The gift that keeps on screwing the USA... President Obama and his ability to cheat and lie his way for re-election. It no surprise that this issue is back in 2012.

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/329680/why-no-security-barackobamacom-donations

What about Vera Baker. I think she was involved in 2008 in the Credit card scam and then disapared.


35 posted on 10/08/2012 1:40:39 PM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: ncfool; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks ncfool. Additional:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2942077/posts


36 posted on 10/08/2012 7:36:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Qbert

I want the whitewash contract.


37 posted on 10/08/2012 7:42:57 PM PDT by stboz
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