September 17th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell's mother on campaign payroll

O'Donnell, the surprise winner in Tuesday's Delaware GOP Senate primary, has justified the rent expenditure by saying her home doubled as a campaign office.
O'Donnell, the surprise winner in Tuesday's Delaware GOP Senate primary, has justified the rent expenditure by saying her home doubled as a campaign office.


(CNN) -
A spokesman for Republican Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign is suggesting nothing improper was committed when it paid out funds to O'Donnell's mother, Carole, earlier this year.

"Carole O'Donnell, Christine's mother, did receive money for her services rendered on accounting and the FEC reporting for the campaign before the treasurer came onto the campaign," a spokesman told CNN Friday.

As first reported by The Daily Beast, records filed with the Federal Elections Commission show the campaign paid $3,500 to Carole O'Donnell between February and July of this year. The expenses are listed under "bookkeeping" and "financial consulting services."


It is not illegal for candidates to employ family members on their campaigns, but O'Donnell has faced a series of questions about how she makes use of her campaign finances after her former campaign manager alleged she has used funds in 2008 for personal uses, including rent.

O'Donnell, the surprise winner in Tuesday's Delaware GOP Senate primary, has justified the rent expenditure by saying her home doubled as a campaign office.

CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

Updated 1:32 p.m.


Filed under: Christine O'Donnell
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. KAZPORT

    Serioulsy?? Is this all you can come up with?? CNN so typical. ANyone that would hire Eliot Spitzer you have to expect this from

    September 17, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. norma

    Mommy should have taught her daughter to pay her mortgage and taxes.

    September 17, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. vburke

    Nothing like a little good old fashioned nepotism.

    September 17, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Felix

    People in a democracy vote for such an incompetent, inexperienced and corrupt candidate. The Tea Party is the personification of the dumbing down of the American electorate. Sad but true.

    September 17, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Ellie

    Don't you just love it when Republicans claim there is no impropriety when it comes to their MORAL, CHRISTIAN or FAMILY values, ties or conflict of interests?

    I just LOVE how Republicans are quick to justify ALL their indiscretions and think that Americans are TOO STUPID to know better.

    September 17, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Get A Grip

    Hang in there Christine O'Donnell...the left will be at their best trying to hang you, but you will survive. Good Luck To You!

    September 17, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. blue

    She has to follow the rules. I hope her fifteen minutes will soon be up. Enought is enought.

    September 17, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Steve, New York City

    Ahhhh – here we go, another lying, 2-faced extreme right-wing creep!

    But never mind, maybe O'Donnell will join Limbaugh, Palin and their PEA-BRAINED following to burn a few crosses on some lawns.

    September 17, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. pat

    They're always squeaky clean until it comes to money. She may sneak in some funds for her personal use, but she won't be caught dead masturbating!

    September 17, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. jim

    Let the mud slinging begin.The story says it's not illegal to use family members and put them on the payroll.How, is this different than a dem here in Va buying a new car with campaign funds to shuttle around in.

    September 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Sandy

    So is "Mom" an accountant?

    September 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    It is not illegal for candidates to employ family members on their campaigns, ...
    ==================================================

    So this is a story why??? CNN, how about some REAL reporting? How about you gather the names of ALL relatives of ALL candidates that are employed by them?

    This is journalism at its worse. Reporting stuff like this and INSINUATING there is something wrong. FIND OUT IF THERE IS WRONGDOING FIRST!

    September 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Dwayne

    CNN stop working for Democrats by trying to demonize another female Republican candidate.

    Just because there is a candidate that isnt RICH and has to start her campaign from the ground up–from her home and with the help of friends and family-that doesnt mean she wouldnt makea fine Senator.

    This isnt about which candidate has the most backing from the political machine in washington dc or who has the most money. Its about who would best serve THE PEOPLE.

    September 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Average Guy in Red State KS

    It never ceases to amaze me how arrogant and self-serving most political candidates are. And, yes, that means Republicans as well as Democrats. I detest the Tea Party, but I gotta say if there's one thing I have in common with its members it's their disdain for current office-holders!

    Ms. O'Donnell, enjoy your moment of fame. You may be drunk with glory now, but come November don't be surprised if you go down in flames!

    September 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Jerry

    What is the point of this article except that cnn is on the attack for nothing. find some real news

    September 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. jt35

    No one has to live a perfect life. But this woman is a con artist with some serious character flaws. She paid her mother for financial consulting and book keeping? While O'donnell was paying for her own rent and bowling? My God people. What else do you TP folks have to turn a blind eye to that you could still support this person. If you consider yourself a christian, you know that some of the biggest hypocrits are in the church every Sunday singing, quoting the bible, and speaking in tongues. This woman is not an honest christian.

    September 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Ric

    So?? Who cares....

    liberals, please ... your going to lose DE and the entire Congress come Nov.

    Bye Bye... :-)))

    September 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Sarah P

    Wow! and just when you thought I was so bad.....

    September 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Rather than focus on this trite nonsense, CNN, why don't you get to the real meat of the story: that her campaign treasurers have been quitting on her left and right...some within less than a month of coming on board...and that she's received multiple warnings from the FEC because the law requires that all campaigns must have a duly appointed and identified treasurer in order to accept funds or spend them. This stupid story is a distraction from the real story, which generates legitimate and serious questions about her campaign and its handling of the monies received from honest (albeit deluded) Americans.

    September 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. ABM

    Another corrupt politician. Just like her idol $$$Palin$$$! Wake up Deleware!

    September 17, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. CR

    She's a grifter.

    September 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. mj

    Throw the book at her! CNN loves to find fault with a Republican winner. Just how many Tax Evaders/Crooks are in our current Congress/Senate? How many are Democrats???!!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. water bearer

    he-he-he. How's that national scrutiny-thingy workin' out for ya, O'Donnell? winky-winky.

    September 17, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. frank

    The left wing biased Communist News Network (CNN) seems to be one of the first to attack Christine O'Donnell about her mother being on the campaign even though the story states, "It is not illegal for candidates to employ family members on their campaigns". So CNN, why did you even do a story? How about a story explaining why her opponent claims to be a Marxist?

    September 17, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. vic, Nashville TN

    Un employees need a job start a campaign attack Democrats attack good decent republicans , attack minorities , attack Illegal immigrants , attack main stream media Except FOX use the campaign money as own

    Tea party , Palin , Fox news , Rush Limbaugh will protect you

    September 17, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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