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Tea Party Activist Christine O’Donnell Donates to Romney

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a Tea Party favorite during the 2010 election, said in an interview with ABC News that she has not only given money to presidential candidate Mitt Romney but also says she doesn’t think he is getting a “getting a fair shake” from those within her own movement.

Romney has so far been highly criticized by the Tea Party movement, which sent protestors to picket during his debut September Tea Party Express event.

Jerry DeLumus, the chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, told ABC News at the Concord, N.H., event that he believed Romney was using the flashy Tea Party Express bus as a “photo op” and not because he is actually aligned with tea party principles.

But O’Donnell, who struggled with her own fair share of bad press during her Senate campaign, told ABC News that she tends to “empathize” when she sees “Romney’s record being so obviously distorted and twisted.”

“I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say this,” said O’Donnell. “I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the internet about Romney extremely offensive.”

O’Donnell confirmed what Romney’s campaign finance receipts for the third quarter show: a $250 donation. She tells ABC News that the money came from her own pocket – not her Political Action Committee or her campaign.

While she has not yet maxed out to the Romney campaign, O’Donnell suggests that she will.

“Right now, I’m 70 percent behind Romney,” she said. “I will absolutely max out if he’s the nominee.”

She gave no money to Texas Gov. Rick Perry because she says she doesn’t like his in-state tuition policy or how he reacted to the controversy over the rock that was painted with a derogatory term at his family’s Texas ranch.

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