Failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell denied Thursday that she misused campaign funds, telling Fox News that an apparent criminal investigation into her spending is yet another attempt to tarnish the Tea Party movement. 

“It appears that this is just the same thug tactics that they’ve been using for months to discredit this anti-establishment movement,” O’Donnell said. 

The Delaware Republican defended herself after it was revealed that federal authorities have launched the probe to determine whether she broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses. On Wednesday, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that it was being conducted. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.

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