"The seriousness of this issue requires an immediate investigation looking into the degree and details of fundraising efforts between the White House and DNC, whether there was any quid pro quo offered to donors, and the names of White House officials who were involved in such activities," Steele said Wednesday in a statement.

He also said that the administration should release the names of any White House visitors who received any such access.

"The White House should also immediately release the names of donors who have accessed these perks or received special briefings from administration officials," Steele said. "Candidate Obama pledged to clean up the muddy waters of Washington, but President Obama has jumped in head first.”