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Feds probing O'Donnell's use of campaign funds

AP reports that "federal authorities have opened a criminal probe of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses."

This became an issue in her 2010 U.S. Senate bid. A complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission, because "O'Donnell used more than $20,000 in campaign funds to pay her rent and other personal expenses, according to a complaint filed Monday with the Federal Elections Commission," the AP reported Sept. 21st. It added, "The complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan watchdog group, is the latest in a series of allegations of financial irregularities involving O'Donnell, a conservative Christian activist and frequent candidate who has not had a steady job in years."

O'Donnell said at the time, "I am confident that we have been ethical. We have not, I personally have not, misused the campaign funds. We have our FEC lawyer, a great attorney, answering those charges if it ever goes anywhere."

AP today added, "The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been sent to a grand jury. O'Donnell, who set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year, has been dogged by questions about her finances. Her former campaign manager did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions."