Giannoulias Accuses Kirk Of 'Economic Treason' For China Fundraiser

12/21/2010 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CHICAGO — Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is accusing Republican Mark Kirk of "economic treason" as the two sides skirmish over a small fundraiser in the race for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat.

Giannoulias (jeh-NOO'-lee-ehs) criticized Kirk on Thursday for raising money from Americans in China and accused him of then voting to ship American jobs overseas.

Kirk responded by calling Giannoulias "desperate." He says it was "beyond the pale" to accuse him of any form of treason because of his long military career.

Kirk's campaign says the May fundraiser was held via Internet conference call with 12 Americans working in Beijing and raised less than $6,000.

The campaign says Giannoulias is wrongly connecting the fundraiser and Kirk's vote against a bill that they say also increased spending and debt.