RNC Calls on Attorney General to Investigate Obama Campaign Contributions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an immediate Department of Justice investigation into the fundraising practices of President Obama’s re-election campaign committee. A recent investigation showed the President’s campaign does not use industry standard verification technology for Internet contributions and thus is vulnerable to receiving foreign contributions and excessive contributions.
The full letter is available below and at this link.
October 10, 2012
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General of the United States
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder:
I write to request an investigation by the Department of Justice into the pattern of potential misconduct by Obama for America, President Obama’s re-election campaign committee, which is underscored by the Government Accountability Institute’s recently published report. This report raises questions about whether President Obama’s re-election campaign committee has solicited and accepted illegal donations from foreign nationals — the same questions that were raised during the previous election cycle. The Department must investigate this potential pattern of troubling behavior to ensure the integrity of this election.
According to the results of the Government Accountability Institute’s extensive investigation, available at http://campaignfundingrisks.com/wp-content/themes/cfr/images/AmericaTheVulnerable.pdf ), the President’s campaign committee does not use the industry standard practices to guard against receiving fraudulent or excessive contributions via the internet. As a result, the President’s campaign committee is vulnerable to the receipt of prohibited contributions. Their failure to adhere to the industry standard has caused these questions regarding whether the campaign is deliberately inviting prohibited contributions.
This new report suggests that the President’s campaign did not take the appropriate measures to correct for the vulnerabilities uncovered during the previous election cycle, in which reports surfaced that the president’s campaign accepted a large number of excessive contributions and contributions from donors using fake names, suggesting a pattern of questionable behavior that is troubling. See, e.g., Laura Strickler,More Bogus Obama Donors Surface, CBSNews.com (Feb. 11, 2009, 2:13 PM), http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500690_162-4504955.html.
As you well know, U.S. law prohibits a foreign national from making a contribution or donation of anything of value in connection with a Federal election, and for a campaign committee to knowingly solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation from a foreign national. This provision was enacted by Congress to minimize foreign intervention in U.S. elections.
I know that ensuring the integrity of this law should be of paramount importance to you and to your Department, just as it is to the American people. I therefore call on the Department of Justice to investigate this troubling pattern of behavior by the President’s campaign.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this important issue. I look forward to your response, and the results of your investigation.
Republican National Committee