Above the Law? No FEC Audit for Obama Likely.

This is staggeringly unbelievable.

We KNOW that at least $63 million of Barack Obama’s record $605+ million take came from undisclosed–and possibly foreign–sources. We KNOW that contributors to Obama’s campaign Web site were not required to provide addresses which matched credit card records, and therefore could contribute the maximum with one pre-paid credit card and then turn around and contribute another with another card number. Even The New York Times reported that Obama received fraudulent contributions from fictional donors with names like “Test Person” and “Fdsa Fdsa,” and expressed concern as to whether “the Obama campaign [was] adequately vetting its unprecedented flood of donors.”

So, we know that there are unanswered questions as to the president-elect’s fundraising particulars and, just like the unanswered questions regarding his eligibility to serve as president in the first place, I fear these questions will go largely unanswered.

What message does this send? Am I correct to assume that, if a candidate is charismatic enough, if he or she can raise enough money to make their selection practically inevitable, then he or she can simply get a pass and no longer be subject to American campaign finance laws and constitutional guidelines?

Where do we go from here, when there is no accountability whatsoever when it comes to the highest office in all the land?

Read this article, pass it along to every single person you know.

– Jeff

Obama Likely to Escape Campaign Audit
By Kenneth Vogel, Politico.com

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.

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. Another factor: The FEC, which would have to vote to launch an audit, is prone to deadlocking on issues that inordinately impact one party or the other – like approving a messy and high-profile probe of a sitting president.

McCain, on the other hand, accepted the $84 million in taxpayer money, which not only barred him from raising or spending more – allowing Obama to fund many times more ads and ground operations – but also will keep his lawyers busy for a couple years explaining how every penny was spent.

Through the end of September, McCain had socked away $9.4 million in a special fund to pay for the audit.

The Obama campaign does not expect to be audited, but spokesman Ben LaBolt said it would be ready in the event it is.

“We have had a first rate compliance operation for an unprecedented national grassroots fundraising effort,” LaBolt said.

“Nobody wants to go through an audit,” said former FEC chairman Michael Toner. As the top lawyer for George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, which accepted public financing, Toner prepared for that campaign’s mandatory audit, before he was appointed by Bush to a seat on the FEC.

Agency investigators fan out across the nation interviewing campaign staffers and vendors to account for even the most seemingly trivial expenses.

The resulting audits have dinged publicly financed presidential campaigns for billing the press for port-a-potties accessible to supporters at events (Bob Dole in 1996) and using the wrong formula to divide the cost of outfitting campaign planes between primary and general accounts (John Kerry in 2004).

Obama – the first presidential candidate to decline public funding in the general election – certainly would provide fodder for the green eye-shades at the FEC’s E Street offices.

Obama’s campaign admitted it initially mis-categorized the purpose of an $832,598 payment for get-out-the-vote efforts to a consulting firm affiliated with ACORN, the community organizing group that became a top target for Republicans alleging voter fraud.

And FEC analysts over the course of the campaign have written more than a dozen letters to Obama singling out hundreds of contributors for whom the campaign either didn’t supply adequate information or from whom he accepted donations exceeding the $4,600 limit.

Spokesman LaBolt said the campaign has corrected errors as it was made aware of them. It’s not at all unusual for the FEC to send many such letters – “requests for additional information” in agency parlance – to big-money campaigns. McCain’s campaign received at least a dozen, for instance.

But the media – first conservative outlets then mainstream publications – seized on the FEC letters to Obama, singling out donations from apparently fictitious donors as well as from foreign addresses – which are permitted as long as the donors are U.S. citizens. Allegations that the Obama campaign was willfully allowing foreign donations and excessive donations blossomed in the conservative blogosphere and prompted the Republican National Committee to file an FEC complaint.

Seizing on Obama’s reversal on a pledge to accept public financing if his Republican opponent agreed to do the same, as well as his campaign’s refusal to voluntarily release the names, addresses and employers of donors who gave less than $200 each – a group that accounted for about half of the more than $600 million that the campaign had raised through the end of September – the RNC asked the FEC “to immediately conduct a full audit” of all of Obama’s contributions.

It’s very rare for a complaint to trigger an audit, campaign finance insiders say.

And ironically, the historic volume of Obama’s small contributions, which may have made it tough for the campaign to weed out problem donations, may also help spare Obama an audit.

That’s because the byzantine formula the FEC staff uses to determine whether a campaign has engaged in “substantial” violations of federal election rules – the trigger to recommend an audit to commissioners – takes into account the size of the campaign’s coffers, according to David Mason, who served as a Republican appointee to the FEC until this year.

“So if a House campaign makes a $100,000 error, that’s huge and they’re likely to get audited,” he said. “If a campaign the size of the Obama campaign has a $100,000 error, then maybe not. It would depend on what the error is, obviously,” he said, explaining that mere accounting snafus are unlikely to prompt an audit. More serious and systemic problems, such as illegal contributions, result in campaigns getting tagged with more “audit points,” Mason explained. “If you get enough audit points, you get audited,” he said, adding “nobody outside the commission would know how many audit points the Obama campaign has.”

Mary Brandenberger, an FEC spokeswoman, declined to comment on the likelihood of an Obama audit. But she explained that if campaigns adequately answer the agency’s requests for information, it’s less likely they’ll be recommended for an audit.

Even if Obama’s campaign reached the audit recommendation trigger point, it’d be tough to muster the majority commission vote necessary to initiate the audit. That’s because the FEC is comprised of three Democratic commissioners and three Republicans and, as such, is prone to deadlock on partisan issues.



  1. Gary says:

    No one out there is going to want to challenge the first black president and be the one to bring him down. A whole new set of rules have to be followed compared to the rules followed for Bush bashing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My Dear Friends, I hope I am proven wrong. But if Obama’s agenda, as I have read and heard, comes to fruition. This will be the end of USA as we know it. Look what is happening in Latin America especially in Venezuela. President Chavez anounced that if his oppositors win the elections, he will activate the military and civil militias to go after them.

    Mind that Hugo Chavez was freely elect by the people and the first thing he did was to control the congress and pass a new constitution. Then, he nationalized the Media and the oil industry mainly to promote his wellfare agenda. Scary!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jeff….I share your anger. I am beside myself in disgust about every thing that I have read since “he” got elected.

    None of the old rules apply. None of the legalities that other candidates have had to abide by pertain to him.

    He leaks his talk to Prs. Bush, but there is NO outrage. The media and the Dems are saying to complain about that is a “distraction”.

    I guess we all need to realize that anything that is NOT in Obama’s best interest will be a “distraction”…regardless of the truthfulness or legality of the topic.

    Welcome to Hopeandchange. pffffffffft

  4. toto says:

    I have one question, that frankly I don’t know the answer to. Jeff, maybe you can shed some light on this. Where does the unspent campaign contributions go? Do they go in Obamas pockets? Just curious.

    I think we need to figure out that the powers that be only want obama in there, no matter how many constitutional laws they break, and of course if SCOTUS is willing to turn a blind eye, what other recourse do we have. This whole election stinks to high heaven.

  5. addamstaft says:

    The question is — Isn’t there anything we can do to put “pressure” on the FEC to do their job. It is obvious to honest observers that Obama has committed gross finance fraud — he “bought” the presidency with who-knows-whos money. If this is not investigated and audited, the nation is toast.

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a fraud. Obama complained last year that the FEC “should have a demonstrated record of fair administration of the law and an ability to overcome partisan biases”

    Translation: Nominate someone who will look the other way while I solicit foreign campaign donors.

    His dual or multi-citizenship bothers me even more now. Obama campaigned in Kenya for Odinga. Wonder how many of those foreign donations were from Kenya?

    Obama may squeak out legally as natural born but he’ll never convince me that he wasn’t born with dual allegiances.

    Who does the FEC answer to? Does anyone have authority to insist that the FEC conduct an audit?

  7. Christopher Wiseman says:

    I’m not a tinfoil hat guy but for some reason I just keep holding my breath waiting for the Reichstag to burn to the ground and Congress to be disbanded.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely unbelievable!! This is not the country I love. What is wrong with this picture and what are we to do about it? Are we suppose to just suck it up and move on? Please say it isn’t so…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jeff,

    That lawyer guy, Leo Donofrio, said over at http://www.democratic-disaster.com that you were allowing slander against him to be posted and that he was going to sue you.

    He said he was going to sue you, Jeff. You going to take that?

  10. bluewater says:

    Racism at its best – and then some.

    Remember the outcry when businesses would bend in fear of Muslims, but not Christians? Here we are again.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Gun Sale surge after Obama’s election. 49% increase in background checks from this time last year.

  12. Chuck says:

    Beyond belief.

    Every single day since the election, there have been extremely concerning reports. Yesterday was “new court system” for Gitmo (AND bringing terrorists to US soil). Also, a US representative noting the undeniable similarities to Marxism and a possible dictatorship.

    So, one more bit of hope to bring down this impostor goes out the window? This is a nightmare I thought I would never see in my lifetime.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is outrageous! The American public deserves better! The FEC sudden unwillingness to hold Mr. Obama accountable for any of his actions is totally UN-AMERICAN! The FEC should be the body that ensures that all candidates abide by the rules and take action when they do not!

    I have hardly been able to breath since the outcome
    of this election. I feel like I am watching my country bit by bit go up in flames. I don’t ever remember being this depressed in my entire life.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is an absolute OUTRAGE! The usurper breaks every law in the book to get “elected”, spits on the Constitution and is allowed to walk?
    What were all the wars fought for? What are the military fighting against terrorism and tyranny for?
    “Liberty and justice for all” or just for a select few? Why is he above the law, and what foreboding future do we have under such a “leader”?
    Are we whimps that will just roll over and let this happen?
    NO! NO! NO! NO!

  15. margie says:

    Well it is time to keep our country safe. I need a team willing to stand up for the good of our people, the u.s citizens.

  16. margie says:

    anyone ready? Lets do as Obama suggested, let’s get in their faces and demand an audit, and a real birth certificate.

  17. Anonymous says:

    So here is probably a typical conversation going on in newsrooms all over the U.S.

    OK, should we run with the story about Obama and the 10′s of millions of unknown dollars contributed to his campaign or attack Palin on her wardrobe selection?

    Absolutely ridiculous how Obama seems to be able to skirt EVERY issue! Are we THAT sensitive that he is a Black man and he might get taken down and anyone doing so is racist? Are we afraid of the ramifications of what would happen if the media took a more critical eye on him?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Jeff–You have got to be kidding me.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Where do we go from here?

    Down, I’m afraid.

    It is now okay for the Leader of the Free World to refuse to provide even the most basic documents, to be ineligible for the lowest-level security clearance, and to buy an election with illegal funds.

    As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no point in being a conservative right now.

    The 55 million of us who supported McCain are told it is our patriotic duty to get behind “our President,” while in California, conservatives are being bullied and threatened for daring to vote Yes on Proposition 8 defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

    It isn’t the first time, and I expect the court to overturn Proposition 8 any minute.

    The New Rule of Law:

    Liberal Wins: suck it up
    Conservative Wins: overturn it

    I was happy, though, to see the Republican Rep. in Georgia actually say it out loud — that he is afraid Obama is a Marxist and his Civilian Security Force conjures up images of the Gestapo. (Poor guy is probably ruined.)

    I think it’s going to take more than talk to get our country back (or even save what’s left of it). I just hope people realize that before it’s too late.


  20. Jeff Schreiber says:

    I just got off the phone with Donofrio. Things are fine.

    He wasn’t seeking publicity when he filed his action — he’s now got it, and more. The backlash, he said, has been incredible and he is understandably frustrated.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Here are 4 of the 6 commissioner’s emails .
    CommissionerBauerly@fec.gov; CommissionerPetersen@fec.gov; CommissionerWalther@fec.gov; CommissionerHunter@fec.gov;

  22. Anonymous says:

    The American people need to unite to fight this before it is too late. United we have the power of the people.


    These are sites along with this one for people to meet and hopefully organize to fight for America.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The American voters voted an affirmative action for the black candidate. I even heard voters saying that it would be good for America to vote for the black candidate, as if the color of the skin of the candidate was more important than his records!!! Having said that, the republican candidate has the big disadvantage of being really old unfortunately.

    Now, it is another affirmative action concerning the campaign audit!! Who would dare touching the first black President of the USA!

    And we are going to have also an affirmative action kind of statement from the Supreme Court, only because Hussein Obama is black!!

    Same policies at universities where blacks are given university places not based on their grades but on the color of the skin (black)!! What kind of monstrous society have we created here in the USA?!!
    Communism too was a great idea, everybody equals and so on! We saw the monstrosities it produced!!
    The same applies to affirmative action toward blacks!! By wanting to help blacks, we have created a society that is a monster and affirmative action for blacks is at the very core of this society!

    Personally, I have nothing against blacks and I truly believe that every human being deserves to live in a fair and just society. But I do believe that affirmative action toward blacks is fundamentally racist and unjust.

    Slavery is not the original sin of America or of Americans!! Slavery still exists in Africa and existed long before America became an independent nation!! Therefore, to put the blame on the USA and on the Americans for the slavery that was imported from Africa and apply affirmative actions in favor of blacks is fundamentally wrong.
    The Americans have been bombarded regularly with accusations against America and Americans claiming that Americans have a kind of original sin against blacks. Many of the negative opinions of the blacks in the USA are the result of the blacks’ very bad behavior. Most of the crimes committed in the USA are done by blacks! That is the sad reality.

    In short, no one should be above the law and certainly not blacks. And to apply, consciously or not, affirmative actions against blacks will not help give any kind of respect for the blacks in the USA!

  24. d says:

    Jeff, thanks for the article. This is an outrage to the American ways. Obama basically bought the election w/ foreign funds and we can not do anything about it? I guess this the “change” that has been chanting from the Obama’s minions.
    Jeff, can we sign a petition to have the FEC or someone higher up to initiate an audit on Obama?
    Today we give thanks to our Veterans who defended this country and the American ways of life. And yet with such eloguent words that utter the word “change”, the American people are willing to pawn way their liberty to a Marxist. We allow corruption to enter our highest office. We allow someone who may not be one of us to be our leader. American you have allow our forefather and our veterans to die in vain.

  25. Lisa says:

    I am just sad and scared for my children…"pseudo-racism" will ruin our country. It is a common principle that IF PEOPLE DO NOT LET GO OF THEIR BITTERNESS & UNFORGIVENESS, IT BECOMES THEIR MASTER…..hence, they are still trapped in slavery, but to a much more destructive master!!!

    Thanks for the links to the FEC. I WILL be e-mailing them.

    EVERYBODY ELSE HERE DO IT TOO!!! You would be amazed at how much better it makes you feel when you take action!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Yes, is there something we can do? I pray that there is still something that can be done. All the rules are being thrown out for Barack Obama.

  27. Christopher Wiseman says:

    It’s by no means a guarantee, but it is at least a way to be a thorn in the side to all those who believe that the government knows best. I’ve started a petition to the FEC and to members of the respective Congressional and Senate oversight committees. The text of the Petition is as follows:

    We the undersigned hereby believe it necessary and petition the FEC to conduct full audit of how Barack Obama raised and spent his presidential campaign’s record-shattering $650 millon dollar windfall based on numerous allegations of questionable donations, donations from foreign nationals and accounting issues.

    President-Elect Obama initially pledged to the American people in 2007 Obama filled out questionnaire from the Midwest Democracy Network that asked, “If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?” Obama’s answer? A check next to the box marked “yes.” Underneath, the Illinois senator elaborated:

    “In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election. My proposal followed announcements by some presidential candidates that they would forgo public financing so they could raise unlimited funds in the general election. The Federal Election Commission ruled the proposal legal, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

    In June 2008, he completely reversed himself saying: “It’s not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections…”

    In a letter to Senators Feinstein Senator Bennett in June 2007, then Senator Obama referring to an upcoming FEC Commissioner appointment the Commission, noting that the FEC should demonstrate a consistent ability to uphold the law and overcome partisan biases and should reflect a record of nonpartisanship, fairness, and judgment necessary to enforce election laws.
    “The FEC is an independent regulatory agency tasked with the enforcement and administration of the Federal Election Commission Act. Individuals named to the Commission should have a demonstrated record of fair administration of the law and an ability to overcome partisan biases.”

    President-Elect Obama is expected to escape that level of scrutiny Sen. McCain faces 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. Additionally the conventional wisdom is that because the FEC is made up of 3 Democrat and 3 Republican Commissioners, it will deadlock and no audit will take place.

    President-Elect Obama publically supported a publically financed campaign system until it was no longer in his financial interests to do so despite a pledge to fellow Democrats, Sen. McCain and all Americans that he would participate. The potential technical difficulties should not outweigh the public interest in auditing a record breaking $650 million dollar campaign. No future presidential candidate will subject themselves to a system where if you participate you are audited, if you raise too much money for the FEC to audit, they won’t.

    The FEC must scrutinize President-Elect Obama just as thoroughly as independently as they will Sen. McCain. This is not only reasonable to the American people, but in President-Elect Obama’s own words, the FEC should “demonstrate a consistent ability to uphold the law and overcome partisan biases and should reflect a record of nonpartisanship, fairness, and judgment necessary to enforce election laws.”

    The Petition website is:

    My blog: http://politicalthirdrail.blogspot.com/

  28. Ted Park says:

    This is beyond staggering and beyond outrageous. The operative argument seems to be that his fraud was so immense that it is too big to investigate. Further, isn’t it more important to investigate the winner than the loser? At a minimum, we need to know where all the foreign contributions came from. God Almighty.

  29. Anonymous says:

    President Bush, please do one more job before the end of your term. Please ask Obama to show his real birth certificate. We know you love our country…you kept our country safe since the 9/11. Please keep our country safe, President.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Our country will simply go down with just a whimper and not a shot fired?? I doubt it. Where are the Marines (at least the retired ones) when you need them? A lot of good people are going to have to practice boycotting a lot of stuff in the near future to keep their civil liberties. Our forefathers had to do the same.

    Just waiting to see how the O gets himself out of his current self imposed rock and a hard place – pleasing the environmentalists by changing emission standards suddenly and, at the same time, not putting millions out of work in the auto industry as a result. What an idiot and what idiots are a vast number of our citizens today.

  31. Anonymous says:

    We are not getting anywhere. All these petitions and lawsuits will go nowhere. They are all in his pocket or drunk on his Kool-Aide. Maybe on April 15th, it will be time for 52 million Americans to revolt in the only way we have left to us–refuse to pay our taxes! Maybe we should concentrate our energies on starting this kind of movement now.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Totally unbelievable. And “That One” was a constitutional law professor at a law school? Perhaps that explains the state of constitutional law in America.
    Heartbreakingly sad.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Any attorneys out there who can file a lawsuit to force the FEC into doing their job? A Writ of Mandamus perhaps? Or don’t “We The People” have any “standing”?

    We cannot allow foreign countries and perhaps terror organizations to buy our elections.

  34. Brian H says:

    Partisan FEC deadlock. Great.

    Is there no other body responsible for ensuring donations laws are not flouted?

  35. Anonymous says:

    People we cannot wait when Obama become REAL President. You have to go on the streetes and demand to show REAL birth certificate, and demand AUDITING for Obama’s donations for his Campaig. No petitions help us no law suites. UNFORTUNATELY NOTHING WORKS AGAINST OBAMA. I come from socialist country, I know what it is live without any freedom what so ever. I don’t want America become one of this countries who opresse their own people, brainwash their children at scool, at Colleges, Univercities. Obama bought election with a muslims money. This is no doubt about this. He almost usurps power over America and possibly entire world. AMERICANS DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN!!! YOU HAVE TO MARCH IN EVERY CITY OF AMERICA RIGHT NOW!!!, DO NOT WAIT A MOMENT!!! I’M WITH YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. I LOVE AMERICA SO MUCH. LET’S DO IT, FRIENDS. ORGANIZE MOVEMENT TO DEFEND AMERICA AND SHOW TO ENTIRE WORLD WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW!!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    “Where are the Marines”…

    Right here!!!

    I’m a former Marine officer and Vietnam vet that has been actively supporting every rational effort to expose bho and prevent him from becoming President.

    Folks, do what you can…send letters, emails to state electors, member of congress, and media people.

    The amnesty bill was stopped because of the huge public outcry and media attention…..

    Yes everyone of consequence so far has had a “hands off” policy towards … “that one” so put the pressure on folks!!!

    Semper Fi

  37. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see how we can protest by not paying our taxes. Aren’t taxes taken out of our pay before we even get it? Can’t the govt throw you in jail for not paying them anyway?

    Maybe a better solution is to do work under the table.

  38. TypewriterStreaming says:

    It’s all so sickening.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Since Barry thinks that he’s above the laws of the land, maybe those who go out and rob and steal from others shouldn’t be found guilty anymore, you think? Heck, just let kids cheat in school, allow people to steal whatever they want. If it’s okay for the president, it must be okay for everyone else!

  40. Simpleswine says:

    “Where are the Marines”

    Everywhere.. there are many of us, Retired and Active, who are beyond upset about this, and the situation in VA concerning the Absentee Ballots. We have a Voice, and more.
    BHO is not responding, his minions are trying to redirect the issue to just one portion, while ignoring all else.
    On 15 December, the Electors will cast their Vote… and on 6 January THAT Vote is counted, and, if one looks at the 20th Amendment, Section 3, there are guidelines about the Eligibility and qualification of the President Elect, and what to do if he is at that time, found to be ineligible.
    The ONLY thing that matters is that the US Constitution is upheld, specifically ART2 SECT1… not the money, not his “charisma”, not fear of race wars/riots… just the Defense of the Constitution… and we all took an Oath to uphold and Defend it, against ALL Enemies, Foreign AND Domestic.

    Get involved people!
    Do exactly what obama demanded of his followers… get in their face.
    “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.
    Use his own program, his own words, and Defend Our Constitution.
    Semper Fi

  41. Anonymous says:

    Are people keeping up with this activity of mailing/contacting your state Electors re: their sworn promise to uphold the Constitution?:



    You can find your state and people have been compiling addresses for the Electors. There is a formed letter with attachments to be revealed to accompany it.

    Go team!

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  43. Christopher Wiseman says:

    Sorry Jeff, its a little off message but, Semper Fi and Happy Birthday to my brothers on this site.

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