Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of failed Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using her hard working fans campaign money to pay personal expenses.
As you may recall, Christine O’Donnell set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year. But now at least two former campaign workers have alleged that the former witch routinely used these campaign contributions to pay her personal expenses.
According the Washington Post:
O’Donnell’s campaign has denied wrongdoing, but acknowledged she had paid part of her rent at times with campaign money, arguing that her house doubled as a campaign headquarters.
That’s all fine and good, but Federal law prohibits candidates from spending campaign money for personal benefit, and this rule applies to the use of campaign money for mortgage or rent “even if part of the residence is being used by the campaign.”
And it gets worse for Christine…
One former O’Donnell staffer, Kristin Murray, recorded an automated phone call for the Delaware Republican Party just before the primary, accusing O’Donnell of “living on campaign donations – using them for rent and personal expenses, while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt.
Another former aide, David Keegan, said he became concerned about O’Donnell’s 2008 campaign finances as she fell behind on bills and had no apparent source of income besides political contributions. He submitted an affidavit to CREW alleging that she used campaign money to cover meals, gas, a bowling outing, and rent to a landlord, Brent Vasher.