September 21st, 2010
07:57 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell says 'no truth' to allegations about spending

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(CNN) - Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, in comments exclusive to CNN, refused to answer specific questions Monday night about allegations she misused funds from her previous campaign and tried to downplay their significance.

On the allegations she said there's "no truth to it."

She spoke to CNN after a candidates' forum.


"Why are you listening to a liberal organization in the first place?" she asked.

She was referring to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group that filed a complaint Monday against the O'Donnell campaign.

Seeking to change the subject, she said "the momentum surrounding this campaign is obvious."

"I am positive we have been ethical," she said before walking off. "I personally have not misused campaign funds."

The campaign has hired a lawyer - an expert in campaign finance - to answer those charges "if it goes anywhere," O'Donnell said.

On the allegation that she used about $20,000 in funds for non-campaign purposes she said, "No truth to it....no truth to it."

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.


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Rob

    This candidate has lied so many times about past election results among other things, why would anyone believe anything she says. She is never going to admit any wrongdoing, because that would be the end of the line for her. So she has little choice but to keep on lying, and try to play this out till November, hoping the Delaware voters are stupid enough to let it slide! It seems to be the GOP way this election, if you can't find a way to win honestly, just make it up, lie, whatever it takes.

    September 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Bob Dog

    These "t" partiers are all smoke and mirrors.

    They get up on stage and say dishonest things, and the far right thows money and admiration at them.

    To me, they just look DISHONEST and self-serving.

    This O'Donnell person is embarrassing to Delaware, women, and just about everything she stands for.

    September 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. ATR

    Ok, no truth to it then produce the bank records to prove it. When will these loons realize lying doesn't make it real? She is a thief and a liar. Come on Delaware, you can do much better than this wackjob.

    September 21, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. ED FL

    It is easy to see how she got the nomination. A GOP contender ,like Gingrich and Guilliani, Shady past can not remember about money funds,where she got them what she did with it ,can't remember all her wierdo stuff as a younger person. She fits right in and will get her neck handed to her in November because of her fairy tails.Keep spending GOP MONEY, WE LOVE IT/YOU.

    September 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. GL

    Why are you listening to a liberal organization in the first place?" she asked.

    This have nothing to do with liberal orgainization and have every thing to do with the truth which you and all the Republicans party know nothing about doing. You are liar and the worst type of person is a liar.

    My dear paper trail don't lie even if it is coming from the liberal organization. We all see FOX NEWS is avoiding reporting on this becasue they are not a News organization as they are the Republican party right arm mouth piece. You have taken a page out of Sara Palin playbook which is avoid all the real media because they are all liberal and out to get you. My dear PAPER TRAIL DO NOT HAVE A PARTY!

    September 21, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. librarian

    She lies. Period.

    September 21, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. GI Joe

    CREW is NOT liberal - it goes after everyone sweetie, LIAR, SPJr.

    September 21, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. me

    No Truth to it-Prove it. They are starting to prove there is truth.

    September 21, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    It is sad, that O'Donnell is the best the GOP can offer Delaware! A candidate who has run for the senate before and lost. A woman who has declared bankruptcy, who has her home foreclosed on. IF someone is fiscally irresponsible with their personal finances, should they even run for the Senate?

    PLEASE, folks, do not be fooled, the Tea Party IS NO "movement" it was ...... created.......and........is funded by........ the Koch brothers!

    America, please do not be fooled! In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    September 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Donnell are alright

    September 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. malabar

    if true, she sounds pretty damn qualified to join the Congressional Black Caucus

    September 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Thomas

    Let's have an investigation and find out. If she has done nothing wrong, her financial records should be ok.

    This is really a simple matter. Either she followed the rules or she didn't.

    September 21, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. VoiceOfReason

    What is it about these female 'pretty face' candidates (just like Palin) – they just don't seem to be able to hold it together. A pretty face and nice figure only goes so far....

    September 21, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. jeannie

    This woman is clearly dishonest and in typical GOP and Tea Party style, it doesn't matter. They just want to win and at any cost to the America public. Polititicians don't care about the people, they only care about their own paycheck. It puzzles me when we have the same do nothing polititians being voted into office over and over again and they continue to do nothing. Now we have another right wing nut case, who wants to go to the senate because she can't get a job anywhere else. That sound about right. Her public record is there to see if people would take the time to look.

    September 21, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Jeremy-Dallas

    Whenever there is smoke,there is fire. Someone is lying here! How come 98% of Tea party candidates have finance management problems? RUBIO,ANGLE,Palin and almost all others!

    September 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. proud dem in nc

    This woman is a joke!!. She is another Sarah Palin clone. Just like Angle, Bachmann and the other know nothing airheads. They are extremely right-wing and scary people!! PS She's also a crook.

    September 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Jaywing

    Yes, well Ms. O'donnell, the problem with you is that you are the problem. The reason you haven't been elected in spite of running and running and running, is that you lie, your deceptive, and my guess is that you hope your 'witchy-craft' will somehow magically allow you to make your campaign finance mistakes disappear. And by the way, dear, the word liberal has some cache these days. Using the word as if it has some meaningful negative connotation is "so yesterday". Get with it sister, or better yet, don't get it and just go away.

    September 21, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Dave Jaips

    This woman is another Palin. Just as stupid! She is against masturbation, against sex unless you are married. She is 41 and was never married. I guess she must be a virgin and never had one of those earth shattering Og. Has anyone checked with her current and previous boyfriends? I am pretty sure she dated in the last 41 years. I can’t believe there are so many stupid Americans out there. They actually believe this woman and the GOP is better for this country.

    Dave Jaips

    September 21, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Steve in Denver

    Just like Palin. Kind of attractive, until you start examining how hateful they both are, and how much they want to tell you how to live your life. O'Donnell, however, sets a new bar for intrusiveness. Not only does she want to invade your bedroom to tell you who you can and can't have sex with, she wants to control your every move and keep you from entertaining yourself.

    Then you examine how empty her head is. They really turn quite ugly.

    Palin and O'Donnell. Sending the gestapo to your bedroom.

    September 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. brenda

    They throw the word 'liberal' around any time something occurs that they don't like. It's always the 'liberal' fill in the blank's fault. She probably doesn't know what non-partisan means.

    September 21, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Haren

    Economy is in right track and we don't need senators like O'Donnell,Paul,Buck,Miller and Angle and also Vitter,McCain,Tumy,and carley.

    September 21, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Dan

    The allegations are "unfactual" Christine?

    September 21, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. beth

    Just like the other tea partiers...never give a straight answer. If they make their not quite truthful statements often enough, people believe them...gosh, they believe their own lies.

    September 21, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Felonious Monk

    If she says there is no truth to this, then let's just leave it at that. We can trust people running for elected office. Can't we?

    September 21, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. dano

    There sure seems to be a lot of "frivilous" charges being made about Ms. O'Donnell these days. I guess everyone is out to get her? She's learning from her mentor Palin how to play the victim role.

    September 21, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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