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CREW: Regarding the Department of Justice Investigation of Christine O'Donnell

On July 19, 2011, CREW filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking records related to DOJ’s recently completed investigation of Christine O’Donnell, the 2010 Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware. Over the past several months, DOJ, with the assistance of the FBI, investigated whether Ms. O’Donnell illegally converted campaign funds to personal use and made false statements on forms filed with the Federal Election Commission. According to a signed affidavit by Ms. O’Donnell’s former campaign manager, Ms. O’Donnell used campaign funds to pay rent, gas, meals, and a bowling outing. The United States Attorney notified Ms. O’Donnell on July 15, 2011, it had closed its investigation and did not intend to pursue criminal charges against her at this time. The requested records will shed light on the conduct of DOJ and the FBI in conducting the investigation of Ms. O’Donnell, DOJ’s decision to close the investigation without bringing charges against her, and Ms. O’Donnell’s conduct.