O'Donnell reaches out for support in legal battle
October 19th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
8 years 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."

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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.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Data Driven


    Well, Republicans are more corrupt than Democrats. Sorry that upsets you.

    Anyway, I was laughing at this:


    I mean ... really? Who's donating to this cause? I want names. Submit them to the Darwin Awards.

    October 19, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. rs

    Another GOPper for whom the rules don't apply. Send the lunatic "witch" to jail.

    October 19, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. rs

    al thomas
    why don't you ask Sarah Palin and Jim De Mint for the money. they put you
    there in the first place
    I'd go to the Koch brothers- they fund the TEAhadists.

    October 19, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Bill

    Jail her.

    October 19, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Crew only brings cases where sufficient evidence exists. sadly that has meant more charges against republicans than democrats. this list henry is all about lies damn lies and statistics the real numbers and the only ones of values is how many of each side where found guilty,.
    That would then be both statistically accurate and meaningful.

    October 20, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. just me

    Henry Miller, your stats are merely more evidence that repubs are much more likely to disregard the law when it' inconvenient than dems are. Thanks, but we already knew that.

    October 20, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  7. Thomas

    Did she sign up for medical insurance under the affordable health care act ?

    If not she will be covered in prison . She wont do any time .

    October 20, 2013 02:54 am at 2:54 am |

    Witch ODonnell watched Rapheal Cruz double dip that Koch Brothers AND simpleton wingnut money, so she went for it. Extremist wingnuts involved,ALWAYS follow the money.

    October 20, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  9. vikingwoman

    This is 'actual corruption' @Greg! When you use campaign funds to pay your rent, that's corrupt! Can you collect $$$ for the poor, let's say & put half in your gas tank because you used your car to get to the canvassing area? That org. will toss you out quicker than you can blink & sic the law on you! @Henry Miller, instead of being an appologist for your party & calling out CREW's integrity, do a little honest research! Don't YOU want to know if your team is crooked or not! I know I would!!

    October 20, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  10. Peace

    Mmmmh! this woman is in big trouble. Let me try to think someone who misused the campaign money. It was Jesse Jackson Jr. He used the money for purchasing personal stuff, now he is in jail for that crime. This woman also used the money which didn't belong to her, to pay her personal rent of the house. Is there anything different here between these two? To me, it is all about personal expenses on the money which didn't belong to them.

    October 20, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. Evergreen

    You can't fight corruption by being corrupt.

    October 20, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. S. B. Stein

    I can't believe she is still around. I hope that the GOP understands the mistakes made by her and allowing her to be nominated. The teapublicans have caused a lot of problems for the GOP.

    October 20, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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