Michael V. O'Hare was bookkeeper to former US Sen. Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn., d. 1971 father of current Sen. Chris Dodd) who blew the whistle on Dodd in 1967 because Dodd was using campaign money for his personal benefit.
O'Hare, who began working for Dodd in 1961, was one of four staffers who copied more than 4,000 documents from Dodd's files and provided them to syndicated columnists Jack Anderson and Drew Pearson.
The files purportedly showed that Dodd was doing political favors for a registered foreign agent and that he double-billed seven airline tickets and used $116,083 in political donations to pay personal expenses, including back taxes. The accusations immediately caused a media firestorm. It was the first case to go before the newly created Senate Ethics Committee, and Dodd was the first U.S. senator to be censured for personal financial misconduct.
O'Hare went on to work as a financial officer for Big Brothers of the National Capital Area, the Overseas Development Council, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the malaria program of the Naval Medical Research Center. But he was devastated by the initial attack against him during the Dodd uproar.
Dodd blamed the scandal on O'Hare's "sloppy bookkeeping" and in a speech on the Senate floor called him "a liar and a forger and a thief." Newspaper articles described Mr. O'Hare and his former co-workers as turncoats, and in the Senate coffee shop, Dodd's son Jeremy poked him in the chest and said, "When this thing is over I'm going to follow you to your [deleted] grave," according to a front-page account in The Washington Post in 1966. O’Hare died of a stroke in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on March 15, 2009