President Obama’s 2008 Campaign Fined

The Federal Election Commission has hit the POTUS' first-term election team with a high penalty.

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Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

President Obama’s 2008 campaign has received a $375,000 fine from the Federal Election Commission. USA Today reports it is one of the largest sums that a campaign has had to pay.

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.”

Read more at USA Today.

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