12.30.10 --- Remember Christine O'Donnell? The Deleware candidate that Sarah Palin supported in the US Senate race. She even looked like Palin.
Well this teabagger may be in hot water. She’s under a federal investigation of possible misuse of campaign funds.
"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," O'Donnell said Wednesday night.
CNN reported earlier in the day the Justice Department and FBI have launched an investigation into O'Donnell possibly using campaign funds for personal expenses.
O'Donnell, who famously proclaimed herself a witch before rising to the national stage, faced numerous questions about her finances as well as the use of her home as her campaign's headquarters. She did confirm that her $7 million in campaign money paid some of the rent, but she insisted that she did no wrong.
"Specifically, they told me the plan was to crush me with investigations, lawsuits and false accusations so that my political reputation would become so toxic no one would ever get behind me," O'Donnell's statement added. "I was warned by numerous sources that the (Delaware) political establishment is going to use every resource available to them."
The feds launched the investigation after the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission and the U.S. attorney's office in Delaware regarding her finances.
Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department spokeswoman, reportedly acknowledged that her office is probing CREW's complaint, but would not elaborate on any other details.
O'Donnell's campaign manager, Matt Moran, came to her defense, saying he and other staff members "have heard absolutely nothing" about a federal investigation beyond "unsubstantiated allegations and rumors that have been circulating in the press for months."
He added that the campaign will cooperate to make sure it is in compliance with all rules and regulations.
"I have faith that our supporters and the general public will see right through these thug tactics," O'Donnell said.
"This is simply an establishment trick to stop the anti-establishment Tea Party movement in its tracks. Heck, the presidency is at stake in 2012."