An internal audit commissioned by the Democratic National Committee in the wake of questions about the party’s presidential-year fund raising has identified additional contributions that will be returned, the party announced Friday.
The new Democratic general chairman, Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado, said through his spokeswoman that the Democrats would give back more funds because the sources of the money were either “unverifiable or improper.”
A Democrat familiar with the audit said about 15 to 20 checks, most of them from AsianAmericans, had been judged inappropriate primarily because the donors had refused to cooperate with auditors, leaving them unable to verify the source of the funds.
Quoting an unidentified White House official, The Associated Press reported Friday night that more than $1 million would soon be returned by the Democrats.