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CREW Calls For Federal Criminal Investigation Into Christine O’Donnell for Campaign Finance Fraud
"Christine O'Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted," said Melanie Sloan, CREW Executive Director. "Ms. O'Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses. Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate."
CREW's complaint is based, in part, on the affidavit of former campaign aide David Keegan. Mr. Keegan explained that in 2009, when Ms. O'Donnell was out of money, she paid her landlord, Brent Vasher, two months rent out of her campaign funds. On FEC forms, Ms. O'Donnell called the expenditures "expense reimbursements." Mr. Keegan also attested that Ms. O'Donnell routinely used campaign funds for meals and gas, and even a bowling outing. This is not surprising given that Ms. O'Donnell has not held a steady job or had a discernable source of income for many years.
"If you need money to pay the rent and eat, you get a job; you don't start a Senate campaign so unsuspecting donors can support you," said Sloan.
CREW has asked the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office to start an immediate criminal inquiry and has asked the FEC to conduct a full audit of all of Ms. O'Donnell's campaign expenses to learn the full extent of Ms. O'Donnell's thievery.
CLICK HERE to read CREW's letter to Delaware U.S. Attorney David C. Wiess, requesting an investigation.
CLICK HERE to read CREW's letter of complaint to the FEC regarding Christine O'Donnell.
CLICK HERE to see CREW's exhibits of evidence regarding Christine O'Donnell.