O'Donnell Fraudulently Accepted Grad Fellowship w/o Bachelor's Degree

We all know that Christine O'Donnell is an extremist and more than a little bit nutty. But apparently she is also guilty of the outright fraud of accepting a graduate fellowship before she graduated college.

See below for the details:

According to O'Donnell's campaign website's biography she:

was awarded a 2002 Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship in Constitutional Government from the Claremont Institute in Claremont, CA.

Big surprise, I know -- the Claremont Institute funding a movement conservative.

But here's where it gets interesting: According to her Wikipedia entry, she didn't actually receive her Bachelor's degree until this year!

She attended her university's commencement ceremony in 1993 but did not receive a degree. O'Donnell later said the degree was withheld due to unpaid tuition.[nb 2][17]  In 1994, Fairleigh Dickinson sued her for $4,823, winning a judgment for the entire amount according to court documents. The debt was paid in 2003.[3][16][17] After O'Donnell completed a required course in the summer of 2010,[16] Fairleigh Dickinson awarded her a bachelor's degree in English literature,[15][16][17] with a concentration in communication.[15]

If that's true, she accepted a presumably multi-thousand dollar graduate fellowship on the self-evidently fraudulent grounds that she was actually a college graduate.

While this is probably beyond the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution, this seems like a very clear-cut case of academic and financial fraud. It also should be pretty easy to fact check.

For an important update, follow the cross-posted diary at dailykos)

Tags: Christine O'Donnell, Fraud (all tags)



That's pretty interesting

Its hard to get into Grad school without a Bachelor's degree.

As with most of the stuff she's been reported as doing , or saying - I find this angle of reasoning a bit disingenuous.


She did the work for her Bachelors, was awarded the bachelors but the certificate was withheld. Not necessarily the degree.


If you complete enough credit hours to win a bachelors, then you're done. In my view. The unpaid parking tickets, or the tuition - is an administrative issue that apparently was solved.


The devil, however, is in the details. Why did the university have to sue her, to get their tuition?


I guess we'll have to fact check the details. But the general angle of the story isn't that much to worry about. Why is it that we want to play sensationalism, in the media? O Donnell looks good to me, I think  good competition helps the process.  Who said the media could be the fourth party in our system.

Anyway, stuff like this is our territory. The pajama clad bloggers are on it.


by Trey Rentz 2010-09-20 11:31AM | 0 recs
RE: That's pretty interesting

She is pretty hot looking--do you think we will see some of those Photoshopped pics of her in a bikini like the ones of Sarah.....ummmm...that would be very cool.....I prefer real pics not the photoshop versions...

by hddun2008 2010-09-21 11:28AM | 0 recs
aha! the diary issue SOLVED

see. that was one comment, but in fact, there are TWO. ...


Q: How does a  fortran programmer count to ten?

A: Zero, One, Two... lol

by Trey Rentz 2010-09-20 11:33AM | 0 recs

Actually, it also says she had to take a required course before graduating in 2010, so it wasn't just that she hadn't paid up -- she really hadn't met the graduation requirements.

by joelspolls 2010-09-20 11:36AM | 0 recs
Gonna check that out.

But are we really talking about a person running for the US Senate whose complete education is a bachelors degree, she completed this year?



by Trey Rentz 2010-09-20 12:34PM | 0 recs


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