President Barack Obama (File Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign has been fined $375,000
by the Federal Election Commission, one of the largest fines levied
against a presidential campaign.
The fines are related to missing
reports for nearly 1,300 last-minute donations, totaling nearly $1.9
million. In the 20-day period before an election, candidates are
required to file notices within 48 hours of receiving contributions of
$1,000 or more.
Federal Election Commission officials would not
comment, but the fine was detailed in a letter to the Republican
National Committee's chief counsel Sean Cairncross. The RNC had lodged a
complaint against the campaign.
"The 2008 campaign was a record
breaking campaign with over 3 million grassroots donors," Obama campaign
spokeswoman Katie Hogan said in an email. "The very few outstanding
questions have now all been resolved."
The fines, first reported by Politico,
tops the $208,000 in civil penalties The Rev. Al Sharpton agreed to pay
to the FEC for failing to accurately reports receipts and spending
during his 2004 presidential bid. Republican Bob Dole's 1996
presidential campaign was fined $100,000.