Thursday, December 30, 2010

Is Christine O'Donnell Really the Subject of a Criminal Investigation?

The answer is "no." Despite reports indicating that the U.S. Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating crimes of misuse of campaign funds by Christine O'Donnell, former Republican candidate for a Delaware Senate seat, there is no direct confirmation of a criminal investigation from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Ms. O'Donnell herself has said that neither her nor her attorney's have received any notification of a criminal investigation. Further, the Boston Globe reports the following:
Law enforcement sources said the inquiry by the US attorney's office in Delaware is very preliminary and has not progressed to a full-fledged criminal investigation. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing.
Essentially, the Boston Globe's report indicates that a criminal investigation targeting Ms. O'Donnell is not taking place right now.

The idea behind an investigation into Ms. O'Donnell is that she misused campaign funds to pay for person expenses, namely to pay rent for a town home she resided at. However, on CNBC's The Kudlow Report, Ms. O'Donnell explained that she actually paid her campaign money to list a town home rented to serve as a campaign office/headquarters as her legal residence following vandalism and a break-in at her own home. Since candidates for office must disclose their legal residence and address, and unlike many of the elite politicians serving in Congress Ms. O'Donnell doesn't reside on a large, gated estate with private security, Ms. O'Donnell listed the campaign's office as her legal residence for her own safety and security -- a move that was deemed okay by the Federal Elections Commission. Speaking to FOX News, Ms. O'Donnell said the following:
The current campaign rents a townhouse to use as our campaign headquarters because my personal home was vandalized, broken into, eggs thrown at it, nasty words were written on the front door. I use that townhome as my legal residency, and I pay the campaign rent in order to my legal residency. That is where the whole rent thing has been taken out of context. This has been taken totally out of context to discredit the Tea Party movement.
The American people should be glad that no criminal investigation is moving forward regarding this matter. It would be a complete waste of tax dollars to attempt to seek out impropriety that didn't take place. Yet, the left has been pressing the U.S. Attorney to investigate Ms. O'Donnell for months. If you don't believe that fact, take a look at this petition on the website of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The petition was put online in September 2010. CREW refuses to release it's list of donors, however the organization itself admits to being on the left and has received money from far-left billionaire George Soros as well as the left-wing Service Employees International Union.

While the left has every right to oppose the Tea Party and speak against Christine O'Donnell, what they do not have the right to do is force the American people to pay for pointless criminal investigations against their political opponents. Ms. O'Donnell, well aware that she will come under personal attack as a strong conservative woman in politics, stated that she hopes the public "will see right through these thug tactics," calling them an "establishment  trick to stop the anti-establishment Tea Party movement in its tracks."

Do you see through the left's "thug tactics" against Christine O'Donnell? Whether "yes" or "no", feel free to post your comments, questions, and thoughts.

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