Delaware Republican senate candidate Christine O’Donnell had a rough and infamous 2010 campaign, ranging from bad publicity from released media clips to constant spoofing on Saturday Night Live. And of course, we can’t forget the notorious “I am not a witch” commercial that made her a household name, and not in a good way.
But one aspect of the campaign that wasn’t as funny? Allegations of financial mismanagement. And those accusations are not going away.
From Delaware Online:
Tea Party Republican Christine O’Donnell, whose failed U.S. Senate campaign already has been dubbed a “scandal” by a national ethics group, is now the subject of a federal criminal probe to determine if she illegally used campaign money to pay personal expenses, a federal source in a position to know told The News Journal.
The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been sent to a grand jury.
But O’Donnell saying she’s totally innocent, and the entire investigation is a plot by her enemies, which include everyone from Delaware Republican Party insiders to the Vice President of the United States. Via Top News 360:
“There’s been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever,” O’Donnell told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
O’Donnell ticked off a long list of groups and individuals that she said could be behind the investigation: establishment Republicans, the Obama administration, and Vice President Joe Biden in particular; a nonpartisan watchdog group that she said had a liberal bent; and unhappy former campaign workers.
She said she believes the Democratic and Republican establishments are out to stop her.
“You have to look at this whole ‘thug–politic’ tactic for what it is,” she said.
‘Thug-politic’ or not, the allegations, which range from using campaign donations for personal expenses to illegally coordinating with outside interest groups, such as the Tea Party express, could result in serious fines or even jail time.
On the bright side, that could leave an opening for some “I am not a jailbird” commercials, should she attempt another run for office.
Photo credit: O'Donnell twitter account