OCTOBER 10, 2008
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement regarding the Obama campaign’s failure to release the names of donors who have contributed less than $200. These donors have given Obama approximately half of his campaign’s $426.9 million in total contributions. The McCain campaign, by contrast, has made its entire donor database available online. In addition, press reports allege Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has accepted illegal online campaign contributions from this category of donors, which include funds allegedly donated by foreign nationals.
“The Obama campaign appears to be playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws and it has to stop. It is especially disturbing that foreign campaign contributions made to the Obama campaign may be corrupting this presidential election. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) should immediately investigate these allegations. In the interest of transparency the Obama campaign should publicly list the source of every single campaign contribution. The American people deserve to know for certain that all campaign finance laws are being followed. Frankly, it is suspicious that these names have not been made public.”
Judicial Watch has pending FEC complaints concerning both Senator McCain and Senator Obama.