Feds Investigating Christine O'Donnell Over Campaign Money She Used to Pay Her Rent

Tea Party darling Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell is being investigated by the Feds amid accusations that she misspent campaign dollars. The Associated Press has the details of the allegations:

O'Donnell, who set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year, has been dogged by questions about her personal and campaign finances.

At least two former campaign workers have alleged that O'Donnell routinely used political contributions to pay personal expenses including her rent as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006. She acknowledged in a newspaper interview in March that she paid part of her rent with campaign money, arguing that her house doubled as a campaign headquarters....

In a statement Wednesday, O'Donnell called the allegations politically motivated and singled out [Vice President Joe] Biden, who represented Delaware in the Senate for decades.

Despite her protestations of innocence, the Delaware U.S. Attorney's office has said it will review a complaint about O'Donnell's campaign finances brought forward by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan watchdog group, which alleges that O'Donnell used some $20,000 in campaign dollars to pay for personal expenses. However, "officials in the office and the FBI declined to say whether a criminal investigation was under way," according to the AP.

You can be sure O'Donnell will explain everything in her forthcoming book -- but will it be before or after the part where she "catalyzes the revolution"?

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 30, 2010, 3:21am

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