Proving allegations against O’Donnell false, on March 20, 2009, Christine O’Donnell filed with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the US Senate race in 2010.
Filling up a slow news week with fake news, the mainstream media fabricated a story about an unconfirmed supposed investigation of Christine O’Donnell’s campaign finances. While one anonymous person claims to have been interviewed, other key (likely) witnesses deny having been contacted and official agencies refused to comment.
The accusations were brought by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (C.R.E.W.). CNN reported on December 30, 2010, that for the first time C.R.E.W. admitted to being funded by George Soros, while protesting that George Soros is not C.R.E.W.’s only contributor.
One of three (1 of 3) topics of C.R.E.W.’s accusations rests on C.R.E.W.’s assumption that Christine O’Donnell was not a candidate during 2009.
C.R.E.W. alleges that expenses paid by Christine O’Donnell’s campaign during 2009 could not be legitimate campaign expenses because O’Donnell was no longer a candidate for the 2008 election.
In fact, in January 2009, Christine O’Donnell announced privately to key supporters that she would be running for the 2010 US Senate election. O’Donnell’s 2008 campaign manager has submitted a sworn affidavit testifying that (among other things) Christine O’Donnell declared her intent to be a candidate for the November 2, 2010, US Senate election in January 2009.
Candidates are NOT required to immediately file with the Federal Election Commission, until they have raised or spent a significant amount of money towards their candidacy.
However, on March 20, 2009, Christine O’Donnell filed a “Statement of Candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission.
Therefore, expenses by O’Donnell during 2009 were in fact legitimate campaign expenses for the 2010 election.
Even before March 20, 2009, Christine O’Donnell already had the intent to be a candidate, and expenses prior to March 20, 2009, were also legitimate.
Furthermore, expenses in 2009 could also have been legitimate for the 2008 campaign for thank you dinners or events to volunteers and workers from the 2008 campaign.
Christine O’Donnell’s filing as a candidate — signed on March 20, 2009, stamped received on March 31, 2009 — can be found at:
Note: the FEC website generates the data for viewing dynamically, and a direct link is not provided.
The FEC filing form can also be found, in addition to navigating through the FEC website, at: