Attorneys believed Christine O'Donnell violated law

(AP Photo/Jessica Kourkounis, File)

July 17, 2011 6:02:57 AM PDT
Federal Election Commission records show that the agency dismissed a complaint against former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell even though staff attorneys recommended that the commission find that O'Donnell violated federal election laws.

Documents released this week show that FEC attorneys recommended in a March report the commission find reason to believe that the Tea Party Express and its treasurer, and O'Donnell and her campaign, violated election laws in making, accepting and failing to report excessive in-kind contributions in the form of coordinated expenditures.

O'Donnell's campaign attorney had said earlier this month that the FEC was forced to drop the complaint filed by the Delaware Republican Party because there was no evidence of any wrongdoing or violation.