September 20th, 2010
05:47 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell campaign calls charges 'frivolous'

 Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's campaign is calling a watchdog group's charge that the candidate used campaign funds for personal expenses 'frivolous.'
Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's campaign is calling a watchdog group's charge that the candidate used campaign funds for personal expenses 'frivolous.'

(CNN) - Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's campaign is calling "frivolous" a watchdog group's charge the candidate used campaign funds for personal expenses in a complaint filed with authorities Monday.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission against O'Donnell, charging that more than $20,000 of O'Donnell's spending in 2009 and 2010 was illegal because O'Donnell was no longer a candidate.

"By committing tax evasion, false statements, and basically embezzling her campaign funds, Ms. O'Donnell has basically broken criminal law, and must be held to account for that," CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan told CNN.


CREW is basing their complaint in part on the affidavit of a former campaign aide who charges that O'Donnell routinely used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses such as meals and gas. The aide, David Keegan, also told CNN's Gary Tuchman last week that O'Donnell paid for a bowling outing – among other things – during a time when she was not running for office.

But O'Donnell's campaign manager, Matt Moran, insisted that the charges would be proven false.

"I am very confident that it will be dismissed as frivolous. And for the charges that need to be articulated fully, we have some lawyers that will be looking at that and addressing those concerns," Moran told CNN's Brian Todd.

O'Donnell has faced a barrage of scrutiny following her surprise primary win over long-time Rep. Mike Castle last week, and has found herself having to explain past comments she made as a political commentator and conservative activist.

Moran questioned O'Donnell's critics' motives, suggesting that their issue was with O'Donnell as a candidate rather than with her spending or past comments.

"They can't get their handle on citizen politicians who sacrifice for the greater good. I think that is what the problem is here. We are running an outside the box campaign," Moran said.

This is O'Donnell's third bid for a Senate seat in five years. She came in third in the Republican primary in 2006, and in 2008 against then-Sen. Joe Biden.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn and Dugald McConnell contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • Campaign finance • Christine O'Donnell • CREW
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. charlie from the North

    She's done all of that and Karl Rove only noyices that she was a junior witch. I guess all that other stuff woyld make her just a run of the mill GOP candidate. BTW I've spoken to some who practice Wicca and they are among the most "Christian acting" people I know. You folks, and the candidate are confusing the Wicca religion with satanism which is really quite bad.

    September 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Russ

    Come on people, you can't be serious about having this moron represent Delaware. Typical total Tea Party loser. Can't do anything else so she might as well try politics. Thinks the bible has more facts in it than a science book, masturbation is cheating on yourself and I guess she could put a spell on Congress and make them vote her way. It would put the finishing touches on an already crumbling society but what the hell. And Republicans think Obama is a threat.

    September 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. RobertNYC

    Wait a minute – with serious accusations of criminal misconduct CNN opens the story with the tag line from the campaign that has refused to answer even the most basic questions about these charges? WHO'S IN CHARGE THERE!!! Rupert Murdoch?!

    September 20, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. jim

    How is it that CNN covers up for dems using campaign funds to purchase suspect items but make a big deal when O'Donnell is accused.Congressman Boucher in VA . recently purchased a 30,000 car with campaign funds to shuttle around in.It's perfectly legal.

    September 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. billy

    Put her in jail.

    September 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Rob---- Henderson Nevada

    What do you expect, another nutcase, that will say the charges are frivolous, she is nothing but an opportunist like Palin, what a Joke. America aren't we supposed to be getting smarter? Republicans this is a direct question to you, have stupidity and ignorance taken over your party? Are you people for real with witch-e-poo over here?

    God help us all

    September 20, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  7. the real ib

    she is right; this is so stupid. If this is the best the looney tune people can come up with it is pathetic.

    September 20, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. RTB

    Of course her spokesperson will call the allegations "frivolous". What else can they say?

    The "dabbling" in witchcraft can also be called "frivolous" because this is a frivolous human being.

    The good people of Delaware deserve much better.

    September 20, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. GuyinVA

    Oh no! Someone call Secretary Tim Geithner to get to the bottom of... never mind. Someone call Charlie Rangel.

    She dabbled in witchcraft in high school! Where's a bearded Marxist when we need one?

    She has no experience! She's unqualified! I need a community organizer STAT!!!

    One attack after another because she is supported by the Tea Party. It will be like this until election day.

    September 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. La Piovra

    Just because the accusation is that a frivolous candidate made frivolous expenditures doesn't mean the charge is frivolous.

    September 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. liberal elite = anyone with an education

    "Outside the box campaign"... I take it the box you are referring to is the law as it pertains to campaign finance?
    Or perhaps the box refers to representing your constituency instead of national fringe groups?

    September 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. S.L. Wilson Illinois

    WHAT is WRONG with everybody these days!??~This woman,like most TP"canidates"has never really worked and OF COURSE she will spend the money stupid people give her~on herself!These people run for office because its a great way to make a lot of $ without much work! WHAT will it take?~Losing the SOC SEC AND MEDICARE YOU PAY FOR ALL YR LIFE~IF you work~LOSING ALL CHANCE OF HEALTH INS FOR EVERYONE?~Why are you all letting these NUTS~including the GOP~set us up for disaster? VOTE DEM IN NOV IF YOU WANT TO REALLY SAVE THE U.S.! DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THESE TP/GOP FOR THE RICH ONLY KOOKS!

    September 20, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. NotFooled

    "Frivolous" Using campaign contributions as your personal income is frivolous? Gotta love those republican values.

    September 20, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. janetK

    who knows whether the charges are real or frivolous. But this woman is not someone equipped to lead the state of Delaware, that is for certain.

    September 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Ricke49

    This is the way a liberal group deciminates conservative candidates. They made Palin look back by harrassing her with law suits. Now they are going after another conservative . Ad hominem attacks work with ignorant people. Guess that is whom they are hoping to win with the character assassination.
    Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. GIG

    Bill Maher had a seance in High School and used a Ouija board, he must be into the occult. This is so absurd, bunch of Democrats and Karl Rove trying to make something out of nothing.

    September 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Lynn

    What else could they say. She's the epitome of stupid and uneducated, how in the earth did she convince so many to vote for her is the bigger question. No surprise if thousands in her State aren't better educated and more intelligent than she is, so what has she got that they don't? Hopefully CNN can explain her charm to the rest of us.

    September 20, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. thomas

    Shouldn't O"Donnell and Palin be on the National Enquirer , not CNN ?

    CNN , how do I start a PAC , I'm out of work , just holding on to my home. I look great in red and leather , wear my flag in my heart not on my lapel .
    Do you think I have what it takes to go rouge $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$?

    September 20, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. FedUpRepublican

    Wow, it took them two whole days of brainstorming to come up with that load? It's hard to believe that O'Donnell's campaign team could be less credible than their candidate, but they've still managed to look like total idiots. O'Donnell's an empty suit, and even if she did win, the vast majority of Americans will never respect her. The only thing she'll ever accomplish over the next four years will be to serve as a national punchline. I'm so proud to be a Republican (not)!

    September 20, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Snow

    Why does not some of these responsibility and ethics groups go after all the people in the obama administration who have not paid their taxes? They ignore everything from demorats but file false charges against Republicans in hopes they can disrupt their message. You know they could ask her demorat challenger why he is a self avowed marxist.

    September 20, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This woman is a gift to the Democrats! Bless her little heart!

    September 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Tea Party Express to Nowhere

    "frivolous" was not the right word to use for charges against you for frivolous expenses of campaign money

    September 20, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Katie

    Just because the woman doesn't understand that she shouldn't lie on her resume, that she may have forgotten or not known how to fill out her tax forms, and that she just assumed since people gave her money to run for office she could use it as personal income because her only job was running for office, even if she was between election campaigns – well heck, that's no reason she shouldn't be in the Senate, making laws and deciding what to do with other people's taxes! Who cares if she actually went to college or has no real understanding of civic responsibility or ethics!

    September 20, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    Facts are always frivolous to Republicans...

    September 20, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  25. b. o. stinks

    sounds like she is qualified to be in obamas admin

    September 20, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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