O'Donnell wants CREW's tax-exempt status pulled
July 27th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
3 years ago

O'Donnell wants CREW's tax-exempt status pulled

(CNN) – The verbal back-and-forth between former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) continued Wednesday as O'Donnell made her case for why the group should lose its nonprofit status as a 501(c)3.

"We're fighting back because while I'm certainly not the first person they've come after, I would like to be the last," O'Donnell said on a conference call with reporters. "I would like to stop this."

CREW filed a complaint against the Republican candidate in September 2010 over allegations she misspent more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. O'Donnell admitted she used campaign funds for rent, but said her house also served as the headquarters for her campaign.

The federal probe into her campaign officially closed in July, but O'Donnell, who lost her third Senate bid to Democrat Chris Coons, said the group will continue their "sleazy, underhanded and illegal tactics" against candidates in the next election unless their status is revoked.

"What CREW has done is use the justice system as a political weapon and we want to stop that," O'Donnell said.

Her attorney, Cleta Mitchell, said the group should lose their nonprofit standing on the grounds they intervened in political campaigning, engaged in partisan activities, used expenditures for private benefit and launched attacks on the basis of race. Groups with the 501(c)3 classification are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities or intervening in the elections of public officials.

Anne Weismann, the chief counsel for CREW said O'Donnell's accusations are "without merit."

"It's no coincidence she is doing this at the same time she is pushing her new book," Weismann told CNN.

– CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • CREW
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Ex-GOP Con

    ....and Churches will follow next Ms. O'Donnell? If so, I will certainly back you up.

    July 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    So wait, she did misuse the money right? So how did they interfere with her election. I think it had todo more with her wanting to be a witch and her idiot backing the tea people that lost her the election. You can go away too, please.

    July 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Frank

    Does this moron ever shut up. Witch, hop on your broom and fly away. Or, run for President. You could be on a ticket with Palin or Crazy Face Bachmann.

    July 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Good luck Glinda the dumb witch of the east. Why don't you just put a spell on them instead? Just go away and take your T-bagging ideas with you

    July 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Frank

    Does this moron ever shut up? Witch, hop on your broom and fly away. Or, run for President. You could be on a ticket with Palin or Crazy Face Bachmann.

    July 27, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Palin taught her well, didn't she? Anything to stay in the lime light, eh, O'Donnell?

    July 27, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    I think O'donnell is in this season of True Blood with all the other wickens.

    July 27, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. sheppard

    If anyone is familiar with 'sleazy, underhanded and illegal tactics', it's this woman – and those of her ilk..............

    July 27, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    As I recall, none of this information was particularly controversial at the time, and O'Donnell did admit that some expenses were used by her for personal reasons. This is not the reason she lost, though: she lost because she was a bad candidate who was in WAY over her head.

    July 27, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Robert

    Does this mean she is all for un-ethical behaviour of politicians at any time? I guess she can spew out garbage against people/organizations but can not handle the truth when it comes to her. Talk about a hypocrite. The sad thing is her behaviour is common amongst many politicians.

    July 27, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. logic in LA

    More irony from a Republican! They attack everyone-no matter if they have a reason or not. They slander and call names yet she has the audacity to go after this group. Miss Tea Party should be going after her "soul mate" Michell Bachman for her endless taking of government funds- Medicare for her husbands religious reinvention business, her family's farm subsidies and the millions in extras she takes for her office.

    July 27, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Chas in Iowa

    One time and gone,.....see ya Christine!
    You are all that is wrong with government.

    July 27, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    This is not news. She is politically irrelevant and will remain so. Get back to the Greedy Old Pigs and their program to destroy American with their "help the greedy, not the needy" campaign.

    July 27, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. janet

    another Palin wannabe just as dumb. American politics has become anything goes unfortunately, and anyone and everyone clealy know more than those in position of authority. You can never get anything right in the eyes of these dummies.

    July 27, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Lolo

    They have let the nuts out again. She has a lot of nerve when she was using campaign contributions to pay her personal bills. These republicans and tea partiers belong int the nut house for sure. They are such clowns and hypocrits. I can not believe that people would even consider voting for them.

    July 27, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Jack Davis

    So let me get this straight – O'Donnel got outed by a watchdog group, and now wants the watchdogs put down? Hrm. Next shall we prosecute cops for arresting people who commit crimes?

    July 27, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. TomInRochNY

    Hasn't she gone away yet?

    July 27, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    CREW filed a complaint against the Republican candidate in September 2010 over allegations she misspent more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.
    --------------
    They filed a complaint, which is about the limit of what these organizations can do. File complaints with *enforement* agencies not *judicial* agencies. In other words, they found something out of order, collected some evidence, and presented to the proper authority having jurisdiction. They blew the whistle. They called the police.

    July 27, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. La, La, La

    O'Donnell is an unstable woman, just like Palin & Bachmann.

    July 27, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Pat in IL

    What is she saying? It sounds like "I didn't lose because people don't want to vote for me. I lost because I got caught in an ethics and legal violation, and it's the fault of those who caught me". Duh.

    July 27, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. End GOPorate greed.

    At least O'Donnell is being truthful on one point; she's not the first or the last to be "outed" by CREW.
    They go after anyone of either party who is not being ethically responsible. Just because they have exposed O’Donnell for mindless opportunist she is clearly does not mean they are in the wrong.
    The sad thing is there are plenty of intelligent and thoughtful women in the Republican Party who deserve to be heard by their Party and others, but the right-wing radicals who are in control of the party today seems to only desire the mouthy, shallow, and inexperienced type – come to think of it that goes for the men too.

    July 27, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Cedar Rapids

    "What CREW has done is use the justice system as a political weapon and we want to stop that," O'Donnell said.
    Lol, because politicians never use the justice system as political weapons right?

    ‘and launched attacks on the basis of race.’
    Playing the race card huh? Too funny.

    July 27, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "sleazy, underhanded and illegal tactics"against candidates in the next election unless their status is revoked
    -------------------------------------------------–
    What's underhanded and illegal is YOU using campaign contributions to pay your rent. It makes you look SLEAZY.

    Who resuscitated this witch anyways? I thought she'd been BURNED at the political stake.

    July 27, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Jerry

    Christine, kick some butt!!! Give this morons (CREW) and their lawyer a taste of their own medicine. They seem to be able to dish it, but can't take it.

    Take the fight to their own "court."

    July 27, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Joe from Boston

    I'm not a witch!!!!

    July 27, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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