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Former Senate Candidate Granted Extension to Explain Fund Use

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has granted former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell more time to respond to a Federal Elections Commission complaint accusing her of improperly using at least $20,000 in campaign donations for rent and utility payments at a Delaware townhouse where she lived and worked.

In a court filing Friday, attorneys for O'Donnell and the FEC agreed to extend the response deadline to April 17, and to substitute her former campaign committee treasurer, Matt Moran, as a defendant with her new treasurer, Chris Marston.

Authorities are seeking civil penalties and asking that O'Donnell, a tea-party favorite, pay back an amount equal to the converted funds.

The allegations, which O'Donnell denies, involve rent and utility payments at the Greenville townhouse that served as O'Donnell's headquarters in the 2010 Senate campaign.

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