Late Friday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that the Federal Elections Commission imposed President Obama’s 2008 campaign committee what was perhaps the largest fine ever levied against a presidential campaign.
According to AP reporter Ken Thomas, the $375,000 fine stems “from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million.”
Notable mentions of huge fines assessed against presidential candidates include over $200,000 against Al Sharpton’s 2004 bid and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole’s fine of $100,000 in 1988.
America Coming Together, a progressive, political action group dedicated to get-out-the-vote activities, was assessed $775.000 in 2007. ACT was not associated with any particular candidate.
The FEC investigation was spurred by complaints lodged by a number of groups, including the Republican National Committee.
Of the $375,000 fine, the Obama campaign paid $230,000. The Democratic National Committee, which ran a fundraising committee jointly with the Obama campaign, assumed the remainder of $145,000.
Read more at the Associated Press.