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Christine O'Donnell Denies Misusing Campaign Funds, Cites 'Disgruntled' Former Staffers

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Defeated Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who is reportedly under federal investigation to determine whether she used campaign money for personal expenses, said Thursday the claims come from "disgruntled" former employees, channeled through a "left-wing" watchdog group.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the case has not been sent to a grand jury but has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware.

The O'Donnell camp immediately labeled the probe "politically motivated." She blamed political rivals for what she called "thug tactics."

"Keep in mind," O'Donnell said on CNN Thursday morning, "we upset the Delaware political establishment, and we beat their so-called untouchable incumbent [Rep. Mike Castle]. There's a vendetta to stop this movement. . . . [But] we are going to continue to put the political establishment on notice." The charges are false, she said, noting that the campaign workers making them were fired during an earlier Senate race. She called her accusers "disgruntled 2008 former volunteers." And she denounced Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the organization bringing the complaint, as a "left-wing, George Soros-funded liberal group."

O'Donnell, who was backed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in her unsuccessful campaign this fall against Democrat Chris Coons, echoed those comments on several network morning news programs, including the "Today" show.

On Wednesday, O'Donnell told The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware. ""I don't know if an FBI investigation even exists. If it is happening, of course we're going to cooperate, because we have nothing to hide." And she said on NBC Thursday that it's "very suspicious" that she has yet to be personally notified of any inquiry even though information has been leaked to the Associated Press.

The allegations were first raised against O'Donnell, a tea party favorite, by CREW in a Sept. 30 news release. CREW said it had filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission against O'Donnell "for using campaign funds for personal living expenses."

O'Donnell shocked political Washington when she upset Rep. Mike Castle in a Republican primary to run for Vice President Joe Biden's old Senate seat. But O'Donnell, plagued by her own miscues, lost the general election to Coons.

O'Donnell raised more than $7.3 million from around the country during her campaign. In her post-election FEC report filed in early December, O'Donnell reported $924,745 on hand with only $2,692 in debts.

In an e-mail, Matt Moran, former O'Donnell campaign manager, said the charge against O'Donnell "was all started by false accusations by Christine's political opponents," citing CREW. And O'Donnell implied that Biden had a hand in the investigation:
"Given that the King of the Delaware Political Establishment just so happens to be the Vice President of the most liberal Presidential administration in U.S. history, it is no surprise that misuse and abuse of the FBI would not be off the table," she said in a statement. O'Donnell told the Today Show a former Biden staffer was involved in framing the CREW complaint against her.

O'Donnell's last tweet was on Dec. 2 when she wrote, "You heard the spin about the 2010 elections. It's time to set the record straight & move forward - signed a book deal w St. Martins Press!" The book will be about her candidacy.

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cccentar

How good is this reporting? No one from the F.B.I., Federal Election Commission, local Police, nor any of her accusers has been interviewed on T.V. as had Ms. O'Donnell. Let's get their faces in front of America and have them offer up some bona fide evidence that some nefarious manipulation has occurred. Let's investigate these "disgruntled former employees" as well so we can examine who they truly worked for and what would motivate them to made accusations of misdeeds 2 months after the election and not while it happened!

So far it seems that the old adage of "Let's throw the garbage on the wall and see what sticks" applies here and the media seems to be more than willing to help things along. Shame on them,,,things rarely change!! Never does any media produce a follow-up story when the accusations are false and the accusers are proven to be politically motivated (the proverbial "drive-by" "hit and run" story
meant to cause damage and not to seek out the truth).

My advice to Ms. O'Donnell is to stand firm and expose your accusers as to their true intentions! Don't run and hide..play hardball just like they do..PUSH BACK!!!
Hit them back and hit them just as hard!!!

We in America need more leaders that have GUTS! and don't cave in when times get tough.(Just look at what happened during the Health Care debates). America does not need more of the same!!

God bless you, Ms. O'Donnell!!

December 30 2010 at 12:00 PM
ziegler21wp

Using campaign money for personal living expenses is prohibited and has been prohibited for many years. Others, Republicans and Democrats, have been prosecuted in the past for the same thing. This young woman has not had a paying job for at least 6 years. She has,instead, devoted herself to running for office and losing. She has paid for her condo with campaign donations. She thinks that calling people who used to work for you "thugs" is a reasonable response to these allegations. She is not a witch but she has no business in public life. She needs to get job.

December 30 2010 at 11:59 AM
linjack39

I watched Ann Curry interview Christine O'Donnell this morning on The Today Show. I kept waiting for Ms. Curry to ask Ms. O'Donnell just exactly how she pays her personal bills with little to no income. (Remember for last year, she claimed approx. $5,000 as earned income?) Unfortunately, the question was never asked. I'd like to know how she pays rent, utilities, health insurance, condo insurance, taxes, food & clothing, car payment & car insurance, gas, plus all of the other expenses a normal person has. We have a right to know where she's getting the money.

December 30 2010 at 11:57 AM
Iron Empress

This woman denies everything that doesn't suit her agenda. In a dabate she denied that the US Constitution separates church and state and thinks the Constitution was written by the Apostles.

December 30 2010 at 11:49 AM
kcarthey

Chistine, you should welcome this. After all it is just like the free housing that's been paid for by those donating to your various campaigns only now that housing will be in a jail and paid for by the taxpaers.

December 30 2010 at 11:47 AM
jay love

I am not a fan of O Donnell, however I feel she was and still is being purposely steam rolled by the Obama, Chicago and lam wing media? remember, they said she was a witch you know? Bill Maher put it out there as a "joke" on his liberal show, then the media picked it up and ran with the football all the way,all the while everyone knew the context in which she said almost two decades prior that she had "dabled"for a short time in witchcraft, or black magic? of course only as a joke given an old ex boyfriend was really the one who was the dabbler? of course all this led to many days and weeks of media coverage about her being a witch and a satan lover, as well as the famous "I am not a witch commercial?

December 30 2010 at 11:38 AM
Bob Fitz

O'Donnell will have her day in court. One reminder for her: don't lie to the investigators because it's easy to prosecute USC 1001 federal code for lying. Most people simply don't tell the whole truth and are caught up in a lie situation.

December 30 2010 at 11:33 AM
jwmmjjj

Surprise, Surprise! This ding-a-ling has no clue as to the complexities of campaign finance laws. What is so unfortunate about O'Donnel, Angle and Palin is that their ignorance invites disdain for some very competent female candidates. Hopefully, this will not adversely impact the nation going forward.

December 30 2010 at 11:28 AM
Dave PSH

Duh. OF COURSE these allegations come from disgruntled staffers. Complaints with inside knowledge don't usually come from happy staffers... Its the reason why people in O'Donnell's position need to be beyond reproach. Apparently, shocker, she isn't. Stupid is what stupid does.

December 30 2010 at 11:26 AM
Little Savage

I can't help it, I really can't. When is she going to call it a "witch hunt"? Sorry, folks, but somebody had to say it.

December 30 2010 at 11:25 AM

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