ByÂ Alex Knott, Roll Call
The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against former Senate candidate Christine Oâ€™Donnell, but an unrelated FBI probe into the Delaware Republicanâ€™s campaign spending is ongoing, her lawyer said Thursday.
Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer at Foley & Lardner, said the FEC recently notified Oâ€™Donnell that it had dismissed a complaint filed by the Delaware Republican Party in September, just before the tea party favorite rocked the party establishment by defeating then-Rep.Â Mike Castle in the GOP primary. Oâ€™Donnell lost the general election in November to DemocratÂ Chris Coons.
Mitchell said there was no substance to the complaint, whichalleged that Oâ€™Donnell knowingly accepted illegal campaign contributions from the Tea Party Express political action committee. â€œThis was just a political ploy by the party,â€ Mitchell said. â€œThere was no evidence that she violated anything.â€
Mitchell confirmed that an FBI investigation into Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s 2010 run has yet to be concluded.Â The investigation stems from allegations that Oâ€™Donnell used campaign finances to pay personal expenses, including rent on her town house.
Mitchell said she was optimistic that the FBI investigation will clear Oâ€™Donnell. â€œIt just takes a while to slog through these complaints,â€ she said.
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