O'Donnell reaches out for support in legal battle
October 19th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
9 months ago

O'Donnell reaches out for support in legal battle

Failed Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell reached out to supporters on Saturday with an impassioned plea as she decides whether to accept a settlement in a Federal Election Commission investigation into her use of campaign funds.

"I'm going to be straight forward and candid in this email - probably more candid and vulnerable than my political advisers would like!" O'Donnell said in a message to the supporters of her political action committee ChristinePAC. "I am facing a major decision and you play a large part in this decision."

The one-time candidate from Delaware seemed to be leaning toward not accepting the settlement deal as she spoke about the need to stand up against what she believes are politically motivated attacks.

"There is a greater good in this fight - this is about STOPPING THE BULLYING when citizen politicians step up to fight against the corruption in DC. The establishment tries to push us off the field and distract us by burying us with non-sense battles."

The e-mail was sent to supporters in an effort to solicit donations for her legal defense against the FEC complaint, which was brought against her by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington during her 2010 campaign and alleges that she used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses.

"I need your help now more than ever," O'Donnell said. "This will cost us no less than $50,000 in legal fees, let alone the administrative fees for things like filing Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. For most politicians, that is a small amount. But for everyday Americans like you and me, it’s a lot of money."

O'Donnell admitted that her campaign paid the rent on her townhouse during the 2010 campaign, but she insists that she was using the home as her campaign's headquarters. She denies having done anything criminal.

O'Donnell was also the target of an investigation into whether she violated FEC rules by holding an event with an outside political group, the Tea Party Express, but that complaint was dismissed in June 2011.


Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • FEC
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Really? Another GOP/TPer misuse of use of campaign funds. Looks like it runs in the Party ,

    October 19, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Great timing! Another reminder of radical tea party candidates and why we need to shut them down ASAP.
    She's no "everyday American", she is the epitome of living off of other people stupid enough to donate to her.
    I can't believe she still has "political advisers". They as nuts as she is.

    October 19, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Her "political advisor"?

    Yeah, my mother told me to always tell the truth, too bad your "political advisor" needs you to lie to pay the rent.

    Of course, I did not live with my "political advisor" after the age of 19.

    October 19, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Amazing

    She admits she violated the law. End of story!

    October 19, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. al thomas

    why don't you ask Sarah Palin and Jim De Mint for the money. they put you
    there in the first place

    October 19, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Can't she just conjure up the money?

    October 19, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. CoolCMo

    Maybe she should just go stand by the highway on-ramp holding a sign that says: "Committed Election Fraud. Please Help. God Bless"

    October 19, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Lori Lincoln

    Ms O'Donnell you broke the rules and laws of FEC, so do your time for your crime in jail and pay for your own legal fees. If I commit a crime then I can expect to ask the public to pay my legal fees. Therefore, because you ran for office does not make you any better than the average person. Take you medicine.

    October 19, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. HenryMiller

    "...the FEC complaint, which was brought against her by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics..."

    CREW describes itself as "dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials – regardless of party affiliation – who sacrifice the common good to special interests."

    But here's their "Most corrupt" record:

    2005 — 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats
    2006 — 17 Republicans and 3 Democrats
    2007 — 18 Republicans and 4 Democrats
    2008 — 17 Republicans and 7 Democrats
    2009 — 7 Republicans and 8 Democrats
    2010 — 16 Republicans and 10 Democrats
    2011 — 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats
    2012 — 13 Republicans and 7 Democrats

    Oh, yeah, " regardless of party affiliation." Right...

    October 19, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Greg

    I'm not a fan of O'Donnell, she never seemed like a serious candidate (although she was great for SNL). However, these complaints do seem like nothing more than nuisance complaints. People should find some actual corruption in the government to fight against, I"m sure there is plenty of more serious things that need to be addressed than this..

    October 19, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Can you imagine the agony we would have faced if this crazy woman were elected?

    October 19, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. taginmp

    I guess Christine's rent is past due and she is taking to the internet with a tin cup to raise money to pay it. Thank God the voters of Delaware were wise enough to not vote this no-nothing into office.

    October 19, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. anonymous

    You can't take donations from people for your campaign, and then spend that money on your rent, electricity, cable, etc.. People don't donate to candidates so the candidates can have HBO, they donate for signs and mailers and campaigning. I live in Delaware, I've seen her campaign pass the hat around at political functions and I've watched people throw cash in the hat for her. Illegal activity in campaigns should not be tolerated, if she's this corrupt now, what would happen if she actually made it to DC?

    October 19, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    She's a liar and a cheat who thinks she's done nothing wrong and that the "establishment" is out to get her. Perfect prototypical Tea Bagger.

    October 19, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I say , cast a spell on those sobs from the fed you witch from Salam and Delaware !!!!!

    October 19, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    You can go to jail with the other teahage Bachmann, welcome to obamacare Bachman !!!!

    October 19, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. Gary

    Hmmmm Interesting, O'Donnel back in the news 2 weeks before Halloween.

    October 19, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Larry in Houston

    was she the good witch, or the bad witch ? I don't remember .... or was it something like doing hocus pocus on something, or somebody

    October 19, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Can't she just cast a spell and make it go away?

    October 19, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. don in albuquerque

    Another candidate for the BBB. Also known as Butts Behind Bars.

    October 19, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Henry Miller: it's not CREW's fault there are more corrupt Repubs than Dems. If you don't want your party over-represented on the list, stop voting them into office.

    October 19, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. 1twinsfan

    Oh, too funny. A woman who has never held political office, is soliciting money to pay for her defense of improperly spending campaign funds. "I'm so sorry, your honor, for knocking off the gas station but I needed the money to post bail on my charges for bank robbery."

    October 19, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Winston Smith

    Didn't she run as a republican, who believed in rugged individualism? Being self reliant doesn't mean reaching out for help.

    October 19, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Thomas

    @al thomas
    why don't you ask Sarah Palin and Jim De Mint for the money. they put you there in the first place .

    You absolutely right , she should make the Heritage Foundation pay her legal bills !

    DeMint and Palin

    And Teddy Cruz should pay the 30 billion that was lost do to the government shutdown !

    October 19, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    I thought she had been burned at the stake. Guess I was wrong.

    October 19, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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