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Campaign Watchdogs: O’Donnell’s Spending ‘Flat-Out Illegal’

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s GOP primary victory might be old news, but her campaign’s financial improprieties dredged up during the primary

Camilo Wood
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 20, 2010

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s GOP primary victory might be old news, but her campaign’s financial improprieties dredged up during the primary contest continue to haunt her candidacy going forward. Melanie Sloan, executive director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, says that even cursory reviews of O’Donnell’s campaign spending forms reveal that she used contributions to pay for meals, gas, bowling trips, and personal rent, among other expenses considered outside the purview of her campaign.

“I’ve never seen a candidate who just stole all their campaign money and used it for personal use,” she told CBS News. “What it seems like here is that Christine O’Donnell had no other way to support herself, so she thought, ‘Okay, I’ll run for U.S. Senate.’”

Sloan and her group are calling on the Delaware attorney’s office to open a formal, criminal investigation into the matter. O’Donnell, thus far, has refused to return calls for comment on the matter and seemed to dismiss such allegations as mere smear tactics during her speech at the Voter Values Summit in Washington this Friday:

“Will they attack us? Yes. Will they smear our background and distort our record? Undoubtedly. Will they lie about us, harass our families, name call and try to intimidate us? They will. There’s nothing safe about it. But is it worth it?….Are those unalienable rights worth a little alienation from the beltway popular crowd. Yes! I say yes, yes, a thousand times yes,” she said.

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