House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is launching a probe into a possible overlap between President Barack Obama's official White House and campaign activities.
In a letter to a White House lawyer Monday, Issa requested a number of documents related to what he described as "an array of potentially illegal fundraising behavior," CBS reported.
The two issues at the center of the probe are a March meeting at the White House with Obama, a group of business leaders — all campaign donors — and members of the Democratic National Committee; and a video shot in the White House advertising a chance to win "Dinner with Barack" and Vice President Joe Biden in return for contributions. The Blaze covered reports of the video in late June.
"President Obama appears to be aggressively using the White House itself and federal employees within the Executive Office of the President (EOP) to solicit donations..." Issa's letter said.
Mixing campaign fundraising with official White House duties is prohibited by Federal Election Committee.
Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the March meeting, calling it "extremely common" to have a DNC or RNC-sponsored events at the White House, and that the only thing discussed was economic policy, which would not be a violation.
In an interview with CNN, Issa was suspicious of those claims.
"You're talking with your contributors, what are you talking about if not reelection?" he said.
Issa requested all documents pertaining to the meeting and the video be turned over to the committee by July 26.