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September 21st, 2010
09:00 AM ET

O'Donnell sidesteps specifics on funds, says 'no truth' to allegations

(CNN) – Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, in comments exclusive to CNN, refused to answer specific questions Monday night about allegations she misused funds from her previous campaign and tried to downplay their significance.

On the allegations she said there's "no truth to it."

She spoke to CNN after a candidates' forum. She asked, "Why are you listening to a liberal organization in the first place?" - referring to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group that filed a complaint Monday against the O'Donnell campaign.

Seeking to change the subject, she said "the momentum surrounding this campaign is obvious."

"I am positive we have been ethical," she said before walking off. "I personally have not misused campaign funds."

The campaign has hired a lawyer - an expert in campaign finance - to answer those charges "if it goes anywhere," O'Donnell said.

On the allegation that she used about $20,000 in funds for non-campaign purposes she said, "No truth to truth to it."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission against O'Donnell, charging that more than $20,000 of O'Donnell's spending in 2009 and 2010 was illegal because O'Donnell was no longer a candidate.

Related: O'Donnell campaign calls charges 'frivolous'

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  1. Bill

    CNN, I am a daily viewer but am tired of your coverage of of O'dennel. She is not worth your time and I am getting fairly tired of hearing about her when she declines to talk. I may change to the Movie channel and tell you good morning.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  2. Juilie

    The people of Delaware perhaps were possibly thinking they were at some beauty contest. when selecting this nice looking woman. She had a platform of the same usual vagueness supported now by the Republican party, No substance. This woman has not worked for 5 years, Already up on charges of misusing campaign money? Paying mommy $3,000 to be her advisor, while not paying her other workers.
    Reminds me well of Palin thinking running for vice presidentcy, that she actually thought and had to be told she would not be moving into the white house. Buidling a soccor stadium on land never purchased. until long after building was built.
    I love seeing qualified women in politics. But, qualified and educated, which MS O'donnel is hardly qualified, and recently just finished two years college to say she has degree.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:32 am |