Delaware GOP Accuses O’Donnell Campaign, Tea Party Of Illegal Coordination
With only about 72 hours of actual campaigning left, the primary fight in Delaware is getting nastier:
The Republican Party of Delaware has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing one of its own Senate candidates of illegally collaborating with the Tea Party Express.
Attorneys for the state party asked the FEC to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into conservative GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell “to remedy the alleged violations and to ensure that these violations immediately cease and do not reoccur,” according to the complaint filed Thursday.
The complaint alleges that the O’Donnell campaign is “knowingly accepting illegal campaign contributions from the Tea Party Express PAC.” It cites two “alarming” instances:
— O’Donnell has knowingly accepted excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express that were directly solicited on behalf of the O’Donnell campaign, according to the filing.
— O’Donnell has accepted illegal excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express by engaging in a statewide coordinated communications effort in support of her campaign. This means, according to the complaint, that every advertisement that is being run by the Tea Party Express in support of Ms. O’Donnell is a violation of Federal law.
The issue won’t be resolved before Tuesday.
An FEC spokeswoman said it was “highly unlikely that the case could be expedited before the primary.”
No, but it will no doubt be featured prominently in the last minute campaign push by the Castle campaign. While I won’t draw conclusions about the merits of the complaint, I do have to wonder how the Delaware GOP is going to be able to work with O’Donnell on the off chance that she actually wins on Tuesday.