Regular Pink Flamingo readers will probably remember I’ve not been silent about my opinion that more than one tea party candidate would end up being investigated for campaign spending. Durn, was I right.
Low and Behold – Christine O’Donnell is under investigation. It is all a conspiracy, according to Giggles.
“…”Since anonymous sources are being taken seriously, please allow me to share some tips I’ve received and keep the tipsters’ identities anonymous,” O’Donnell said in the statement issued by her campaign on Wednesday.
“We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart.”…”
I TOLD YOU SO!
“…Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation….”
“…O’Donnell set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million for her campaign but has faced questions about her campaign finances. TPM reported that her last minute campaign hires included an anti-gay crusader and that she spent $200,000 on her “I’m Not A Witch” and Yale ads.
When CREW made the complaint back in September, O’Donnell’s lawyer attacked the organization by arguing that the group lacked credibility because of donations from George Soros.
But O’Donnell basically admitted that CREW’s main charge were true back in October, conceding she used campaign cash to pay rent on her Delaware town house because it doubled as campaign headquarters, which CREW charged amounted to using her primary campaign “as her personal ATM.” Commission rules “say candidates can’t use campaign money for their mortgage or rent ‘even if part of the residence is being used by the campaign’.”
Late Update: The AP reports that the complaint is based largely on a sworn statement by David Keegan, who was a campaign finance consultant for O’Donnell.
Also, CREW Executive Melanie Sloan told the AP in September that O’Donnell thought that no one “would look at her campaign finances very closely because she was not considered a serious candidate.” Looking at Federal Election Commission Requests for Additional Information, it appears O’Donnell’s assumption about her unimportance was correct until mid November of 2010. Though she had been filing FEC discolsure forms since 2008, five of the six requests for additional information were filed on November 16 or later…”
She may not be a witch, but she could be in serious do-do.
Doug Matconis wrote:
“…I first took note of the allegations against O’Donnell before the September 14th Delaware primary when it became apparent that neither the Tea Party Express nor Sarah Palin had bother to vet O’Donnell on the issue prior to endorsing her. It wasn’t until after she defeated Mike Castle, though, that the details of just how fishy her campaign spending in 2006 and 2008 had been came out:…”
THE PINK FLAMINGO SUGGESTS:
You might want to check out the location of the campaign headquarters of one of those lovely tea party backed women governors. You might also want to check her relationship with privately operated prisons for illegal immigrants.
The Pink Flamingo has a source who keeps telling me there is suspicious PAC activity with one former female GOP governor.
Another female tea party governor could have some serious ethical problems.
A soon to be defeated candidate for the US Senate (a tea party choice) also has some ethical problems.
I keep thinking one of these days Sheriff Joe is going to end up in one of his own cells. His partner in crime, Andy Thomas is on his way to being disbarred.
Another Tea Party stalwart could have serious PAC problems of his own.
So, why are tea partiers so ethically challenged?
Could it be vetting….?
Just asking, and snickering.