CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney


CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney

July 16, 2011

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CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney

"I write to inform you that [the U.S. Attorney's Office] has closed its review and does not intend to pursue criminal charges...." - Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney (July 15, 2011)

"The justice system should not be used as a political weapon, and we're going to keep fighting back." - Christine O'Donnell via Twitter (July 15, 2011)

WILMINGTON, DE - The United States Attorney for Delaware, Charles Oberly, III, late yesterday notified attorneys for Christine O'Donnell and Friends of Christine O'Donnell that his office has dismissed the complaint filed against them by Melanie Sloan and Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington ("CREW") last September.

"We are, of course, very pleased that the US Attorney's office has finally seen through the bogus CREW complaint and concluded it is without merit, because there was never any evidence to support their allegations," said Christine O'Donnell. "CREW interjected itself into the campaign within hours of my winning the Delaware GOP primary, even though CREW had no actual basis for its complaint. Even more troubling is that CREW, as a 501(c)(3) organization, is prohibited by law from intervening in political campaigns - but they more than intervened in the campaign, doing everything they could possibly do to sabotage my election."

Cleta Mitchell, attorney for the O'Donnell campaign said Friday, "the CREW complaint was nothing more than yet another partisan hit job by Melanie Sloan, an ultra-liberal Democratic operative and former Joe Biden staffer posing as a nonpartisan activist. This is not the first time a citizen has been unfairly maligned by CREW and Melanie Sloan, always to great press fanfare when the attacks are launched. However, my clients have always prevailed against CREW's attacks because CREW consistently and continually files false allegations. It is high time we put a stop to these unlawful, politically motivated CREW schemes that waste countless hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars being reviewed by federal authorities, only to ultimately be dismissed."

"We are absolutely confident the FEC complaint will also be dismissed because there are no facts to support any of CREW's allegations against Christine or the campaign," Mitchell added. 

See the letter from the Department of Justice here.

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