Saturday, September 18, 2010

Christine O'Donnell Watch: Using Campaign Funds for Personal Use is a Big No-No

Because we don't have representation in Congress, it's only fair that we get to choose a nearby Congressional race to report on. We choose the United States Senate race in Delaware starring Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee and Tea Party candidate. O'Donnell, who has the full support of her party, is worth keeping an eye on: Though O'Donnell's prospects are dim, the unexpected can happen in American politics. Her views are extreme and her background is complicated and unclear.

The non-partisan group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (who also went after Democrat Charles Rangel, calling for his resignation) has revealed that in 2009 and 2010 O'Donnell spent over $20,000 of her campaign funds for personal things, such as rent, gas, and meals. In 2009 she spent campaign funds, even though she was not running for office.

Christine O'Donnell has three potentially life-altering problems. She is accused by CREW of filing false statements with the Federal Election Commission, committing tax evasion, and "conversion," which is illegally using campaign funds for personal purposes. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government is asking the Delaware Attorney General to investigate. Any investigation and subsequent prosecution would take until after the November election. You can read more about this on CNN and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's website.

O'Donnell has canceled her Face the Nation and Fox interviews for Sunday.

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