O’Donnell Treasurer Resigns

The Campaign Treasurer for the Christine O’Donnell campaign, Matt Moran, has resigned as of 1-31-15. The COD campaign is currently facing charges of misappropriation of funds. The charges were filed by the Federal Election Commission. The decision to prosecute was made by a unanimous vote of the FEC commissioners. Both COD and Matt Moran have stated that Moran’s resignation has nothing to do with the pending FEC litigation. At issue is approximately $20,000 that was paid to COD personally by her campaign for the use of her residence as a campaign headquarters. The issue of COD using campaign funds for what appears to be personal living expenses has been raised on several occasions. COD has stated that Matt Moran’s is standard and a non-issue. In a written statement COD calls the move an attempt to “consolidate” her campaign. I’m not sure how much one can “consolidate” a campaign when the campaign staff could hold meetings in a broom closet. Christine O’Donnell is no longer a registered voter in Delaware. She is writing for the Washington Times and has not been seen at public events in Delaware. www.delawareonline.com/story/firststatepolitics/2015/02/24/odonnell-aide-lawsuit/23932003/

8 thoughts on “O’Donnell Treasurer Resigns”

  1. Nitpicker
    “What is she campaigning for?”

    Head Grifter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  2. Welcome back TW

    O’Donnell has a tough row to hoe fighting these charges. She is fighting the feds that have limitless money and resources and she is now working for a living and it will be difficult for her to pay good attorneys.
    She should stay in Washington DC and keep writing. As far a politics, she is damaged goods. Too bad.

    Matt Moran finally ran for the hills, lest he be an accomplice.
    Good luck to you Christine.

  3. Tennessee Walker (summarizing from the News Journal) writes “At issue is approximately $20,000 that was paid to COD personally by her campaign for the use of her residence as a campaign headquarters.”

    No, that’s not accurate.

    And remember what Benjamin Franklin warned during the FIRST Tea Party / American Revolution:

    “WE MUST ALL HANG TOGETHER OR WE WILL ALL HANG SEPARATELY.”

    I don’t care what you think about any one person in particular. You NEED to care about how easy it is for someone to smear YOU, if they can smear other people. If we don’t resist attacks on some conservatives, count the days until it is YOU or your favorite candidate who is the “Target Du Jour.”

    Even if you believed the allegations, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,

    Melanie Sloan of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (who gets paid $230,000 a year by George Soros to do nothing all week but smear conservatives)

    alleged that campaign funds paid the rent at 1242 Presidential Drive, Wilmington (Greenville area), Delaware.

    The FEC rejected all of CREW’s other allegations, but pressed forward with this one allegation alone.

    NOTE: All the other accusations thrown around have fallen by the wayside.

    But NO ONE is claiming that 1 penny was paid to or given to Christine O’Donnell.

    The lawsuit claims that Friends of Christine O’Donnell paid the rent for the townhouse at 1242 Presidential Drive and paid the utilities at that townhouse (internet, electricity, water).

    No one is claiming that money was paid *TO* Christine O’Donnell.

    Of course the problem is that Christine O’Donnell did not live at 1242 Presidential Drive.

    Well, the real problem is that Christine O’Donnell’s $600 per hour lawyer Cleta Mitchell is a quack who is destroying her client.

    HERE’S THE REAL DEAL:

    Cleta Mitchell wants to create a new loophole for candidates, so that Cleta Mitchell can sell this new loophole to all of Cleta Mitchell’s other current and future clients at $600 per hour.

    Cleta Mitchell is using Christine O’Donnell as a guinea pig to create a new rule.

    So Cleta Mitchell is willing to risk Christine O’Donnell’s reputation, legal position, finances, and possibly freedom….

    …. to benefit Cleta Mitchell.

    As a result, Cleta Mitchell wants to push the preposterous and stupid idea that if the campaign rents a townhouse, the candidate can rent half of the living space from the campaign’s headquarters and live there.

    Christine O’Donnell did not, in fact, live at 1242 Presidential Drive.

    But Cleta Mitchell doesn’t want to reveal that crucial, slam dunk, silver bullet, because it benefits Cleta Mitchell — to the severe detriment of her client Christine O’Donnell — to try to develop a new rule that the campaign can pay for a candidate’s residence as long as the lease is in the name of the campaign, not the client.

    Again: It comes down to this: Cleta Mitchell wants a new loophole that if the campaign leases a building, then the candidate can sub-lease living space from the campaign.

    When you read the actual law, you can see that Cleta Mitchell is out of her mind. The Federal Election Campaign Act and the regulations of the Federal Election Commission leave absolutely no doubt that Cleta Mitchell is 10,432% wrong.

    But worst of all, Cleta Mitchell is pushing this nonsense based on the FALSE impression that 1242 Presidential Drive was Christine O’Donnell’s personal residence. It was not.

  4. Nitpicker February 25, 2015 at 09:27 “What is she campaigning for?”

    The campaign committee must be kept open BECAUSE of the allegations filed by CREW being reviewed by the FEC.

    The campaign — as an organization — is still on-going in order to respond to the allegations.

    Christine cannot close out the campaign until all issues are resolved.

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    DonAyotte February 25, 2015 at 11:00 “O’Donnell has a tough row to hoe fighting these charges. She is fighting the feds that have limitless money and resources and she is now working for a living and it will be difficult for her to pay good attorneys.”

    99% of Christine’s challenge is having bad attorneys.

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    Matt Moran’s resignation will have no effect whatsoever, although he probably doesn’t know it.

    He was the Treasurer during some of the relevant time periods. The fact that he has now left doesn’t change anything about the lawsuit or the legal issues or legal responsibility.

    The only thing that Matt Moran resigning from the campaign achieves is to place Christine in severe danger. If FOCD does not designate a new Treasurer, than the FEC can win a lawsuit BY DEFAULT against FOCD that Christine O’Donnell is guilty.

    When an organization holds out that it can be served through a certain person, the organization is on the hook for any attempt to serve the organization on that person at their address. So if the FEC tries to serve Matt Moran as Treasurer, and is unable to do so, FOCD is on the hook. That’s because an organization MUST provide a person and place where it can be served.

    Therefore, the FEC can win the lawsuit by default against FOCD.

  5. Jon Moseley claims:
    “But NO ONE is claiming that 1 penny was paid to or given to Christine O’Donnell.
    The lawsuit claims that Friends of Christine O’Donnell paid the rent for the townhouse at 1242 Presidential Drive and paid the utilities at that townhouse (internet, electricity, water).
    No one is claiming that money was paid *TO* Christine O’Donnell.”

    Per the Complaint:
    52 U.S.C. § 30114(a)(1).
    “The Act defines “personal use” as the use of a contribution or donation “to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign or individual’s duties as a holder of Federal office.” 52 U.S.C.
    § 30114(b)(2).
    12. Personal use includes, inter alia, payments of home mortgages, rent, or utilities.
    52 U.S.C. § 30114(b)(2); 11 C.F.R. § 113.1(g)(1)(i)(E) (defining personal use to include the use of campaign funds for “[m]ortgage, rent or utility payments . . . [f]or any part of any personal residence of the candidate or a member of the candidate’s family.”).

    15. Christine O’Donnell lived on the floors of the Greenville townhouse above the campaign office for at least ten months.

    27. The O’Donnell Committee’s disbursements of Committee funds for the rent and utilities of a townhouse in which Christine O’Donnell lived converted those funds to personal
    use, because the use of campaign funds for rent or utility payments for any part of the candidate’s personal residence constitutes personal use.

    28. At least $20,000 in O’Donnell Committee funds were converted to the personal use of Christine O’Donnell.

  6. So, JILL — I gather that you are AGREEING with me and backing up what I said.

    Far too often I have ASS-U-MED a conflict and leaped without looking and debated something without first making sure what the other person actually means.

    As shown in the parts of the FEC Complaint that you posted, the allegation is that Friends of Christine O’Donnell paid the LANDLORD — which is Mid-Atlantic Commercial Realty — for the townhouse at 1242 Presidential Drive.

    No one is alleging that FOCD paid Christine O’Donnell.

    So we are saying the same thing. Or at least I think we are.

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    Meanwhile the crucial allegation is:

    “15. Christine O’Donnell lived on the floors of the Greenville townhouse above the campaign office for at least ten months. ”

    However, that key allegation is FALSE.

    And because the allegations of Paragraph 15 are FALSE, the rest of the lawsuit crumbles into dust.

    The upper floors at 1242 Presidential Drive were used for visiting volunteers and consultants and vendors rather than putting them up in hotels at greater expense.

    Christine O’Donnell actually lived somewhere else, though within the same Electoral District. (I would describe it more precisely but that would make it unmistakably clear the exact address of Christine’s actual personal residence, which she is — against my advice — very touchy about. I urged her to have a trusted conservative reporter come in and tour her ACTUAL personal residence, on a promise not to publish the actual address where Christine actually lived. But Christine was too squeamish to have even a friendly reporter visit her actual residence.

  7. It’s up to a judge to decide whether O’Donnell and Moran violated 52 U.S.C. § 30114(a)(1) by using campaign funds for personal use.

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