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FEC Audit For McCain, But Not Obama

From a joyous Politico:

Obama likely to escape campaign audit

By: Kenneth P. Vogel
November 11, 2008

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 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)…

Ah, the rule of law under the Messiah.

Of course it is only fitting that this should happen to Mr. McCain.

As Marx might say, McCain sold them the rope.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “FEC Audit For McCain, But Not Obama”

  1. Media_man says:

    So Obama gets $600 million in anonymous credit card donations, where he invited fraud by turning off AVS (address verification system) controls, and nobody audits who paid what, where they lived, & how much they ended up paying?

    We really do live in a banana republic. Might as well live in the Philipines.

  2. TheOriginalDonald says:

    Or as Vince McMahon might say…..

    The Original Donald

  3. pinandpuller says:

    He can blow the rest of his campaign money on a May Day parade.

  4. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Guess it’s now time for “Maverick” to reach across the aisle to Sen. Feingold and pull this bastardization of equalizing campaigns, eh Sen. McCain?

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    The FEC is obligated to complete a rigorous audit of McCains campaign coffers.
    This alone is the final of all finals……$600 million in questionable donations from all points inbetween doesn’t send up warning flares that SOMETHING IS WRONG!! But NOOOooooo…..common sense is a lost art when it comes to our political system! This …pisses me off to the MAX!!
    A little off the course here but has everyone seen the infomercial about the election being over and obammy in his Messiah suit saying its time to get together ….. then they send you to :

  6. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Hi LD,

    Yeah, I’ve seen the ad you speak of. Just a front org for AARP so no surprise there.

  7. artboyusa says:

    So pissed with McCain right now I don’t care what they do to him. If he wants me to become unpissed he can start by getting his staff to stop blaming the election result on Sarah Palin. The Maverick’s campaign would have been over before the convention if it wasn’t for her…

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