Posted Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at 3:30 PM
The news that Christine O'Donnell's
campaign is allegedly being probed for campaign finances violations
is totally unsurprising. Consider:
- On September 9, before the U.S. Senate primary, the Delaware GOP filed a formal complaint with the FEC against O'Donnell's campaign over suspicions that it was coordinating with the Tea Party Express. After the primary, the Delaware GOP dropped the complaint.
- On September 20, after O'Donnell won her primary, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed more complaints with the FEC. They focused on allegations made by David Keegan, formerly a consultant to the O'Donnell campaign (this is how he was described in CREW filings), that O'Donnell had used money from Friends of Christine O'Donnell to pay rent and utility bills at her home. The explanation from the campaign was that this home was the O'Donnell campaign's headquarters, and that staffers lived there. I was told in September that a charge for a mattress was, indeed, for a mattress used to put up a staffer.
- On December 2, O'Donnell's final campaign filings with the FEC were released. She had $924,800 left in her campaign account. This is what the O'Donnell campaign told Shira Toeplitz: