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Settlement eludes lawyers in O'Donnell campaign finance case

Oct 24, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for the Federal Election Commission say former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and her campaign committee have withdrawn a settlement offer under which they would pay a $10,000 penalty for violating campaign finance laws.

In a court filing last week, the FEC said O'Donnell's attorneys have instead submitted a new, final offer, and that the previously proposed terms are no longer on the table.

O'Donnell's attorneys also are requesting a jury trial to determine a remedy if there is no settlement.

FEC attorneys, who have requested a $25,000 penalty, say a decision on civil penalties is up to the judge, not a jury.

The judge ruled last month that O'Donnell improperly used campaign contributions to pay bills at a Delaware townhouse that also served as her 2010 campaign headquarters.