Christine O'Donnell under investigation: where six 2010 also-rans are now

When Election 2010 came and went, we thought the highest-profile losers – most of them Republican tea partyers – might fade quietly into oblivion. Not this group, for the most part. At least one is writing a book, a couple are launching political action committees, and one is already running for office again. One is under federal investigation, and another still isn’t completely finished contesting the 2010 race.

1. Christine O'Donnell

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Republican tea-party-backed Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell of Delaware has disputed allegations that she improperly used campaign funds.

Ms. O’Donnell, who lost her Senate race in Delaware to New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D), is still not a witch. But she is reportedly under investigation by federal authorities for possible misuse of campaign funds. On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported a criminal probe looking into whether she used campaign money to pay personal expenses.

Late Wednesday, O’Donnell’s campaign called the allegations “unsubstantiated” and suggested a coordinated effort to crush O’Donnell politically. “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 in her own statement.

O’Donnell has also started a political action committee, called Christine PAC, modeled after Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC. O’Donnell has said she will use her PAC as a political home base from which to endorse and donate to candidates, pay for independent campaign ads, and lobby on issues.

In another Palin-esque move, O’Donnell has signed a book deal. According to her publisher, St. Martin’s Press, the book will “take the reader behind the scenes of her race for the Senate and embody O’Donnell’s identification with America’s frustrations and concerns with the current political climate.” Release is slated for August 2011.

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