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AP: Feds Probing Christine O’Donnell



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It’s thin and full of denials, but multiple outlets, including the AP, are reporting that Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell is under federal investigation over campaign finance irregularities:

BALTIMORE (AP) — 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.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.

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The U.S. Attorney’s office has confirmed that it is reviewing a complaint about O’Donnell’s campaign spending filed by a watchdog group, but officials in the office and the FBI declined to say whether a criminal investigation was underway.

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Democrat Charles Oberly III, the U.S. attorney for Delaware, and his predecessor, David Weiss, did not immediately return messages Wednesday seeking comment. Oberly was sworn in Tuesday as Weiss’ successor.

Kim Reeves, a spokeswoman for the office, reiterated Wednesday that the office was reviewing the CREW complaint. She would not confirm the existence of a criminal probe.

Rich Wolf, a spokesman for the Baltimore office of the FBI, said he could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation.

More here. Working on getting comment from the O’Donnell camp.

UPDATE: Matt Moran, spokesman for O’Donnell campaign, responds in an e-mail:

“The anonymous source seems politically-motivated and may well be tied to the ultra-liberal, George Soros financed, former Sen. Biden staffer-run CREW complaint.

“These charges are already being address with the FEC. We are confident that they will be resolved in the New Year, and put an end to the frivolous sensationalism regarding this matter.



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