September 16th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell's post-primary fundraising nears a million

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Christine O'Donnell's campaign said it raised $850,000 in the first 24 hours after her Delaware GOP primary victory."]
Washington (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell's campaign tells CNN it raised $850,000 in the first 24 hours after her upset victory in the Delaware Republican senatorial primary.

Spokeswoman Michelle Lauren says the campaign's website crashed Tuesday night due to the large amount of traffic generated in the wake of her surprise win. The site went back up Thursday morning, she says.

Republican establishment figures continue to reach out to her. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele phoned O'Donnell Thursday. Officials with O'Donnell would not characterize the call.

"I don't know if she can win until we try. How can you claim defeat before you attempt victory? This makes no sense. It makes no sense. So stop it. Stop it," Steele told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King on Wednesday in reaction to some of the sniping aimed at O'Donnell by Republican critics who say she cannot win the seat.

Meanwhile the insurgent campaign, which had a minimal staff, is trying to come to terms with the enormous media and national attention her nomination win has generated and is rapidly trying to gear up for the major general election fight ahead against Democrat Chris Coons. It is looking for larger office space and will soon be adding more staff, Lauren tells CNN.

O'Donnell told CNN on Wednesday one of the first things the campaign was going to work on was to get pamphlets printed for the general election since it had put all of its efforts into the primary contest against Rep. Michael Castle.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. DM

    Well as the saying goes... Fools and their money are easily parted.
    Anyone who votes or contributes to these nutjobs needs their heads examined.
    Jeez she looks like a clone of the Alaska nutjob – one was bad enough – maybe the failed VP candidate and quitter shouild watch her back.

    September 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Molly Weasley

    $1 million. Which she'll keep it for herself, like she did for her last campaigns, when she didn't bother to pay her staff members.

    Oh, you stupid, stupid people for sending her money. But go ahead - keep wasting it. It means you'll give less to some other candidate.

    September 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. D. Bunker

    And I'll be making a donation to her opponent.

    September 16, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. I Call On All True Conservatives To Get Out Your Checkbooks . . .

    And Send Christine your Money.

    September 16, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. AEK

    Wow! $850K, all from her supporters in the state of Delaware, amazing! What? Almost none of it from the Tea Party members in Delaware, shocking. Large corporate and special interest money coming into the campaign in an attempt to influence the senatorial election of the only woman in politics less qualified for national office than Sarah Palin? Incredible!

    September 16, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Jonny-Boy

    Well, that should take care of her rent till the next Senate run.

    September 16, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Dan

    Yay, now she can embezzle and launder more money. Send this bimbo to jail already and be done with it!

    September 16, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    With $850K she'll probably follow in Half Gov. Palin's foot steps and quit even before the election. that's the kind of money she's been after for years. She'll be able to live on that money much longer than she did on the money of the previous election. Maybe she'll even pay her taxes this time, although I won't hold my breath on that one.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 16, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yep – all from her party who felt GUILTY after RAGGING her – or rather, "DOGGING" her!!!

    It still does not mean a thing – she will lose and that's THAT!!!

    The real T'SAH from Virginia is responsible for this blog – not the other one who wants to be like me!!!

    September 16, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Mr. Moderate

    I find it amusing that so many of her supporters maginalize the President as nothing more than a community organizer who has never held a real job and yet have no problem with the fact that O'Donnell's entire career consists of being an abstenance advocate and perennial political candidate.

    September 16, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Charles W. Skinner

    What Chairman Steele should have said was "I think that Christine O'Donnell can win, and we're going to do our damnedest to see that she does win, adding yet another Conservative Republican to the US Senate in the next Congress.

    September 16, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Amunaka

    Well it's a good thing repubs are supporting her financially ..but for some reason I just don't buy it ..she's a shady character but then what repub isn't...

    September 16, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Sam Ellison

    Wow, she'll be able to afford a really nice house, now!

    September 16, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. gg

    I played my lucky numbers 1969 three times for the past five years to win a senate seat but I couldn't win, let me give it a try one more time with the same number!

    September 16, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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