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Fines levied against Obama 2008 campaign among largest ever

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 7th, 2013
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President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission. The fines stem from reporting violations stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million during the final days of his initial campaign.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC.

Details of the fine were in a conciliation agreement sent to Sean Cairncross, chief counsel for the Republican National Committee. By law, campaigns are required to file reports within 48 hours on donations of $1,000 or more received during the final 20 days of the campaign.

Obama campaign spokeswoman Katie Hogan said the 2008 campaign had more than three million donors and "the very few outstanding questions have now all been resolved." Obama's campaign raised nearly $750 million from 2007 to 2008.

The fines, first reported by Politico, are among the largest assessed on a presidential campaign, according to the FEC. Al Sharpton's 2004 campaign was fined more than $200,000, and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole's 1988 presidential campaign paid a $100,000 fine.

The leftist-leaning group America Coming Together was fined $775,000 in 2007, among other large fines involving political organizations.

The fines followed an audit of the campaign by the FEC in the aftermath of complaints by the Republican National Committee and others groups. The Obama campaign paid $230,000 in fines and the Democratic National Committee, which ran a joint fundraising committee with the campaign, paid the remainder.

The fines followed an audit of the campaign by the FEC in the aftermath of complaints by the Republican National Committee and others groups. The Obama campaign paid $230,000 in fines and the Democratic National Committee, which ran a joint fundraising committee with the campaign, paid the remainder.

The Washington Post reports that the president's campaign has agreed to pay the fine.

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