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President Obama just formally launched his 2012 bid for re-election, but his campaign is still under scrutiny for its operations during the last presidential cycle.
Sources tell Roll Call's Alex Knott the Federal Election Commission has launched a formal audit of Obama's 2008 campaign committee. The probe, which the campaign describes as a "review," comes after GOP allegations of illegal campaign contributions and other unusual transations.
It's not unusual for the FEC to launch a formal audit of a presidential campaign after the fact. The agency investigated John McCain's 2008 campaign committee. But the difference is that McCain took federal funds for his committee--automatically triggering an audit--while Obama's campaign did not.
In a statement given to Roll Call, Katie Hogan, deputy press secretary for the president’s re-election campaign, called the audit a “review” saying, “The FEC is conducting a routine review – as is true with the McCain campaign, the Romney campaign and many others – to determine if they have any questions with the information reported.”