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O’Donnell admits using campaign cash to pay rent

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Christine O’Donnell, the Republican candidate for Senate from Delaware, has admitted to using campaign funds to pay part of the rent on her townhouse, potentially a violation of campaign finance laws. The Associated Press reports:

[O’Donnell] acknowledges using campaign money to pay part of the rent on her current town house. Her attorney maintains someone with the Federal Election Commission approved the arrangement, although the commission’s 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.”

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Last month, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington declared that O’Donnell is “clearly a criminal” for allegedly using $20,000 of campaign money for personal expenses.

“Ms. O’Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses,” CREW’s executive director, Melanie Sloan, said. “Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate.”

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