Federal Election Commission attorneys pushed to find violations in O’Donnell campaign

    The Associated Press reports FEC attorneys pushed for staffers to find violations in Christine O’Donnell’s Tea Party campaign:

    Records show that the Federal Election Commission dismissed a campaign finance complaint against former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell even though staff attorneys recommended finding that the Delaware Republican had violated election laws.


    Documents released this week show that FEC attorneys recommended in a March report that the commission find reason to believe that the Tea Party Express and its treasurer, and O’Donnell and her campaign, violated election laws. The FEC attorneys said the parties individually made, accepted or failed to report excessive in-kind contributions in the form of coordinated expenditures.

    O’Donnell’s campaign attorney had said earlier this month that the FEC was forced to drop the complaint filed by the Delaware Republican Party because there was no evidence of any wrongdoing or violation. O’Donnell has denied any wrongdoing.

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