Washington (CNN)– Former Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell is hailing the Federal Election Commission's dismissal of a complaint lodged against her right before she captured her party's nomination and is asking for donations to help her mount a strong defense against other allegations.
In what O'Donnell now calls "a sort of Hail Mary pass in act of desperation," the former chairman of the Delaware Republican party lodged the complaint accusing her and the Tea Party Express, a group of tea party activists who had endorsed her and had staged an event to support her candidacy, of illegal coordination breaking FEC regulations.
O'Donnell's campaign aides at the time denied that assertion.
O'Donnell says she was informed of the FEC decision last week. An FEC spokeswoman had no comment on the dismissal saying any action on a complaint by the commission would be made public the next month.
In an email Wednesday to her political action committee supporters, O'Donnell said "it's appalling that the justice system was abused and misused as a political weapon in the first place" and said her opponents wanted to get generate headlines saying "FEC Investigates O'Donnell."
O'Donnell won the Republican primary in an upset victory over Rep. Mike Castle by emphasizing conservative positions and receiving a lot of national support. She later lost the general election to Democrat Chris Coons.
The FEC is still investigating a separate complaint filed by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which pushes investigations of possible ethical wrongdoing by politicians, against O'Donnell for allegedly misusing campaign funds for personal uses. O'Donnell has denied any wrongdoing, and her backers have lashed out at CREW for bias - a charge it denies.
O'Donnell also acknowledged in her Wednesday email the U.S. Attorney's Office is obligated to investigate complaints it receives. CNN reported in December Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents were reviewing the allegations after CREW filed a report with that office.
"We have heard absolutely nothing directly from any federal agency regarding the partisan complaint," Matt Moran, treasurer of O'Donnell's political action committee, told CNN Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not return a message seeking comment.
When O'Donnell ran in the Republican primary and in the general election campaign, she faced repeated questions about her finances, including the use of her home that doubled for a time as her campaign headquarters. She acknowledged using some campaign funds to help pay the rent but is adamant she did not nothing wrong. Several former campaign workers last year alleged O'Donnell used campaign funds for her own expenses. She did acknowledge she paid part of her rent with campaign money because she said her house also was used as a campaign headquarters.
"This isn't just about my campaign. It's about standing up and saying 'enough is enough!' and ending this corrupt practice so that future candidates might be able to put their name on the line without worrying about such crooked push-back," O'Donnell wrote in her Wednesday solicitation.
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