PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Christine O’Donnell, the defeated Republican candidate for the Senate in Delaware and a Tea Party favorite, on Wednesday dismissed a report that prosecutors and the FBI are investigating her for alleged misuse of campaign funds.
“Let us be clear. There was no impermissible use of campaign funds. Period,” O’Donnell’s campaign manager Matt Moran said in a statement.
Moran said the campaign had heard nothing beyond the “same unsubstantiated allegations and rumors that have been circulating in the press for months.”
The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, reported on Wednesday that a criminal probe into O’Donnell’s campaign had been opened to look into any use by her of campaign money to pay personal expenses. AP said the case had been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware.
Kim Reeves, a spokeswoman for the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s office, declined to comment on the report.
“Since anonymous sources are being taken seriously, please allow me to share some tips I’ve received and keep the tipsters’ identities anonymous,” O’Donnell said in the statement issued by her campaign on Wednesday.
“We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart.”
The nonprofit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints in September with the Federal Election Commission and the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office accusing O’Donnell of using campaign funds for personal living expenses.
O’Donnell, one of many Tea Party candidates who challenged mainstream Republicans during the mid-term elections, was mocked during the campaign for her past interest in witchcraft, forcing her to make campaign advertisements that included her saying: “I’m not a witch.”
O’Donnell won the Republican primary against incumbent Sen. Mike Castle but then lost the general election to Democrat Chris Coons.
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