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
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)

(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.

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