Under federal law, persons are not allowed to campaign from a place of official government business, and President Barack Obama has allegedly recorded a campaign video in the Map Room of the White House.
In response to this incident, the Republican National Committee is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the matter.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder which said:
If President Obama recorded the video in the Map Room, then it appears he has committed a crime under federal law.
Money received via the campaign video filmed in the White House should be returned to the donors, according to Priebus.
- CLICK HERE to view President Barack Obama’s Ad which he filmed in the White House.
The matter was brought up several weeks ago and ignored by a good number of government groups and legal experts. However, the RNC plans on continuing expressing its concerns.
Within the letter to Holder, Priebus explained:
<The Map Room has been> used for a myriad of official functions, including the administration of the oath of office. As the facts of this case strongly suggest, a crime was committed.
The White House response says that the Map Room is part of the president’s residence they believe is a legal location for video-taping Obama promotional materials.
The counter-argument also refers to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan ads which the White House claims did the same.
However, anyone who looks at the videos of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan can see that they weren’t actually filmed in the White House. The ads had archived clips of the politicians walking in or just outside of the White House as there was a voice-over of the ad. (Links to the Bush and Reagan videos are below. Please use your Back button as necessary to return to this article.)
In Obama’s video, he is actually sitting in the Map Room speaking to the camera. That makes a big difference. Had Obama simply used archived video and talked over it at another location – or better yet, had not used the White House to film his ad live at all – there would be no breaking of the law.
CLICK HERE to view President Barack Obama’s Ad which he filmed in the White House.
CLICK HERE to view President George W. Bush’s Ad which used archived video which was talked over.
CLICK HERE to view President Ronald Reagan’s Ad which used archived video which was talked over.
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