Feds Fine Biden Campaign $219K for Violations

Included is a deeply discounted plane ride

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 17, 2010 3:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Election watchdogs have fined Joe Biden's 2008 presidential campaign more than $219,000 for sloppy bookkeeping and accepting excessive contributions, including a discounted flight on a private jet. The FCC audit says the Biden campaign accepted an illegal corporate contribution in the form of a round-trip flight between New Hampshire and Iowa in June 2007 for three people.

The Biden campaign paid $7,911 for the first-class airfare, but the FEC says the campaign should have paid the charter rate of $34,800. Biden was in the 2008 race for about a year. He dropped out in early 2008 after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual Tennessee Democratic Party Jackson Day on Friday, July 16, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the annual Tennessee Democratic Party Jackson Day on Friday, July 16, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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