September 16th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
13 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. anagram_kid

    And here I thought we were in a recession.

    September 16, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. witch56

    very scary.

    September 16, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. sammieb51

    Wonder if she's still using her campaign funds for personal use - ie to cover household expenses up to and including rent - Oh, and without paying her campaign staff. And if you folks thought the head police were getting a little too invasive, you'd best check out some of her "christian" beliefs regarding sexuality! Unreal.

    September 16, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. gg

    The neo-fascist O'Donnell campaign is now being funded by foreign corporations trying to suppress American democracy.

    September 16, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Peter s

    The circus continues!!

    September 16, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. cjr

    she and mark kirk of illinois have a great deal in common – a very hard time of telling the truth abou their past. Kirk lies today, yesterday and promises not to lie tomorrow. I. No to all republicans!

    September 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. kakaraka

    She will use all these money for her personal expenses. Stupid donors. Although they are alerted that this woman is just looking for money not an election result, they keep sending her money. What an idioty. She will not get my dime. I need money too.

    September 16, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. George

    With that kind of money, O'Donell will be on a shopping spree knowing her history. She can buy one expensive one for Palin too. As for the campaign staff, touch luck. I guess with the economy down, the stupidity of the people is going up. How can this woman who is focused on mar*urbation, co-ed life style in colleges, legislating morality etc.. be supposed to understand our economic and unemployment problems? Only those people who think of voting for her can possibly explain it. Come Jan 2011, when the dust finally settles (assuming there are no impeachment proceedings against Obama) and the bigots see their Congressmen causing wreck to our economy, their first reaction would be "DID I DO THAT?" As for the rest of the country, they have to blame themselves for letting these tea party lunatics control our agenda.

    September 16, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. n8whit

    People are tired of fake politicians. That is why the Tea Party (love it or hate it) is catching on.

    September 16, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Haren

    Another republican lady after money with help from the corporation.
    Middle class voters say GOOD BY for your well being in this country.
    Wake up other wise corporation are going to rule you thru republican party.
    Your salary will go further down so better get a FED GOVT. job.

    September 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. stevegee

    Go Christine, go! I can see November 2nd from here ... and I can't wait to vote a straight Republican ticket.

    September 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Tony Z

    I hope the good folks of Delaware don't tarnish there image by putting this lady into office. She cannot help Delaware with her views.

    September 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. jim

    CNN and the folks at their network are trying their best to take this candidate out before the election. Their tatic won't work.Not in a year when dems keep putting up liberal/progresssives like a Chris Coons in order to carry out an agenda by Obama to create "a socialist utopia"

    September 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. bbrooker

    Yay! Let's all get behind a religious dingbat because, well... I don't know!

    September 16, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Mike W - Dallas

    That ought to afford her a really nice townhouse/campaign office.

    September 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. brad

    Oh ye of little faith..........For all the dems and Carl Roves who say the tea party noms can't win in November, I think they'll have a lot of words to eat. If O'Donnell, from tiny little Delaware can raise a million in a day, it shows that the momentum will only grow. They are all in denial. Pelosi didn't drain the swamp, but the voters will........

    September 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. barry

    This great! O'Donnell is being attacked by the Media but the American people identify with her. O'Donnell is struggling in this Obama recession like the majority of Americans are.

    September 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. larry

    While the number of poor people are in the rise in this country because of Bushy Boy's illconceived tax cuts, "The White Annoying Teabagger" party's wealth is being used to fund a moron's campaign instead of creating jobs. Not surprising that she favors tax cuts for the rich.

    September 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Gwen

    This woman has been caught lying about her college education, has not paid her bills, has used campaign donations to pay her personal rent and bills and this is some one the tea party can support – that says it all for the teabaggers

    September 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. geecee

    Wow, good for Christine. Now she can really live "high on the hog" instead of justing using that pittance amount from her previous campaign contributions for her personal living expenses! Go for it Christine. You're such a little Palin clone sweetie! In fact, you are so sweet, listening to you makes my teeth hurt.

    September 16, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. chris24

    sarah version 2.0 doesn't have a chance.

    she better hurry and write a book so she
    can cash in.

    September 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. steve from puyallup. WA.

    Maybe she can pay her back taxes.......... or better yet.. go on vacation... or even better.. make a movie with nailin pailin

    vote indy

    September 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Snow

    Her poll numbers have risen in the past 24 hours from down 25 points to only 11 points. Any Republican who states she cannot win should be fired because they are probably democrats hiding out as a Republican or else they are fools who are not looking at the changes happening in the polls.

    September 16, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    This woman has said that god, YES god (I guess her catholic – Iused to be one – god told her to run. She sounds just like that other imbecile and lunatic from Alaska.
    What is up with these people!!
    If a man masturbates he doesn't need her. She used to party and have sex (her own words) like there was no tomorrow and now her god has "spoken to her".
    Didn't the AK witch (yes, she is one-remember the exorcism by a Kenyan witch doctor) say that her vetting (LOL) was god's plan!!!

    September 16, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Minnesotan

    Considering that this person has never held any public office or job of major merit, why do the Tea Baggers think that she's going to make an effective leader?

    September 16, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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