O'Donnell hails FEC complaint dismissal
June 8th, 2011
01:24 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell hails FEC complaint dismissal

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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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    She must have cast a spell on the FEC. I wonder will she be in the new season of True Blood.

    June 8, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    She is still a dummy and I pray that this is not the start of her entering back into the news everyday. Obama/Biden 2012

    June 8, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    You lost the election, Christine. Mission accomplished.
    Why continue to waste taxpayer money on a lost cause?
    In case you didn't know, your investigation was allowed to be cut from the budget by guess who.

    June 8, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I thought she moved to Eastwick!!
    Why is she popping up trying to make herself relevant?

    June 8, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Len Smith

    She just wants to be another Palin and get rich. She is no better than the half governor of Alaska and she knows it. What does she have going for her, except getting the media to follow her and make her money?

    June 8, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    Non-establishment candidates will ALWAYS be subjected to this type of baselesss harassment and intimidation and will need to be prepared for it. The left is especially adept at these dirty tactics. A sad but true state of affairs in American politics today.

    June 8, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Republican Robber Baron

    If John Edward got indicted for mis-use of campaign funds...then why isn't O'Donnell being investigated for worse allegations?
    CNN please stop trying to be like Fox News and do some real investigative journalism. Why is there no reporting on who paid for her house? That story got practically covered up.

    June 8, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    "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."

    No. This bone head won because:

    1) The Delaware Republican Party "leadership" failed to take her seriously. In one debate, Castle would have mopped the floor with her exposing her general lack of intelligence and inept grasp of issues.

    2) Because of item 1), many moderate Republicans failed to take her seriously and did not bother to vote in the primary (Delaware has a closed primary system, i.e. in order to vote in the Republican primary one must be a member of the Republican party).

    Take home message: Never underestimate the dumb vote.

    June 8, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. vet in texas

    illegal coordination is one thing, but I'll bet the campaign money charges will stick. I hope she starts reading correct history and not the Palin/Bachmann versions. She's another one who doesn't take the blame for her speaking, it's not Bill Maher's fault you said you what you said. When Beck asked Palin what founding fathers she liked the most and she replied "um, all of them", that's not the medias fault. Especially, when the interview was on conservative radio. The 1st amendment folly wasn't anyone else's fault but hers. Tea Party, hold your leaders accountable for being idiots, it's their fault they are, and your fault you voted for them.

    June 8, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    O'Donnell needs to get a job and stop thinking she's entitled for other people to support she and her boyfriends lifestyle but then again Sarah and Todd Palin are getting away with pimping.

    June 8, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    The witch lost but she's still begging for money. Snookie Palin's crowd will send it to her. They love failures.

    June 8, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Penny

    Where there's smoke there's fire.

    June 8, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. carlos

    apparently she is still not working because she is asking for donations.........UGH1

    June 8, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. bcalb

    The Tea Party and Christine O'Donnell did a huge disservice to all of us in Delaware. The Tea Party backed an unqualified candidate in O'Donnell. Because the turnout was woefully low, Mike Castle was derailed. Castle at least voted 86% of the time with Republican causes. Expect Chris Coons to vote 0% with the Republicans. Nice going Tea Partiers. Instead of having a Republican US Senator and a Representative we have neither.

    June 8, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Larry L

    I continue to be amused by the comments and the behaviors of the Republican Circus Train. Still, the big winner for humorous things done by political weasels has to be the exposure of "Wiener's weener". I saw a poll where the approval rating of the Congress was 4%. Really? Four people out of one hundred think those buffoons are doing something correctly? What?

    June 8, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. AZ DEM

    No one has been convicted of this crime so this really is a non-story as much as it was during the campaign. John Edwards will probably meet a similar fate unless he is even more of a scum bag then I give him credit for.

    June 8, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Running for office to solicit money for rent... genius...

    "Im not a witch!"

    Sorry, had to say it...

    June 8, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. La, La, La

    I am a witch.

    June 8, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |