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Paging Olivia Pope! Michele Bachmann hires "fixer" to "clean up mess"

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Michele Bachmann's been in hot water lately. For example:

It is now getting so jittery in Michele World that she has summoned her very own quasi-Olivia Pope, because her crises certainly need management.

Via Roll Call:

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has brought in a new treasurer for her congressional campaign and leadership political action committee in the wake of a federal grand jury probe, a potential House Ethics investigation and a possible inquiry from the Federal Election Commission.

Nancy Watkins, a well-known campaign finance treasurer in GOP circles, submitted paperwork a few weeks ago naming her the new treasurer of both campaign accounts for the Minnesota Republican. Watkins is still the treasurer for Bachmann’s failed 2011 presidential bid, and despite allegations of impropriety surrounding that campaign, Watkins’ stewardship of that account has not been questioned.

She is a fixer, in terms of coming in and cleaning-up the mess that other people left behind,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at Arent Fox.

Yes indeedy, Bachmann's in legal trouble. That sound you hear is Rep. Family Values' hypocrisy hitting the fan.

An Office of Congressional Ethics report released Wednesday said there was “substantial reason” to believe that Bachmann authorized or failed to prevent illegal contributions between her campaign committees, and that she improperly mixed promotion of her book, “Core of Conviction,” with her presidential campaign activities.

As Rachel Maddow says, "Watch this space."

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Can Michele pray this away? FEC fines Bachmann $8,000 for 2010 campaign finance violations

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Paddy celebrated this way: NOOOO!!! Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won’t run for re-election in 2014. And by "celebrated" I mean mourned the loss of one of the easiest comedic targets in political history.

No worries, Paddy, because we can keep pointing and laughing for awhile longer. Check out this Roll Call report:

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) campaign committee has signed a conciliation agreement with the Federal Election Commission calling for a $8,000 civil penalty for campaign finance violations in her 2010 Congressional campaign.

Her campaign failed to disclose $208,502 in receipts and $206,499 in disbursements.

Memory Lane:

You can see the entire agreement here.

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Politico: "2014 could be the gravest threat to [Michele Bachmann's] political career yet." Dems are "positively giddy."

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Let's get comfy, curl up together, and scroll through a few of TPC's previous posts about Michele Bachmann, mmkay?

Okay, that'll do for now. I'd hate for you to O.D. on someone this toxic. Not good for the digestive tract.

Now let's stretch our legs, deep breathe, have a swig of our favorite beverage, and curl up again for Politico's latest:

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann may be the congresswoman with nine lives. But 2014 could be the gravest threat to her political career yet.

The bomb-throwing conservative and onetime Republican presidential candidate is girding for what promises to be a ferocious reelection contest. Awaiting Bachmann is a serious Democratic opponent who has the full backing of his national party and a suburban Twin Cities electorate that six months ago nearly tossed her out of office.

The most glaring problem for Bachmann, though, may be a swirl of investigations into her campaign finances.

Bachmann will be going up against Democrat Jim Graves again, and he already has a narrow lead in the polls.

Democrats have tried to knock off Bachmann before — each time she’s run for reelection, in fact. But they’re positively giddy over the campaign finance investigations, saying they give hope that 2014 will finally be the year she goes down.

The reason she even stands a chance of winning again, and why she has in the past, is that the 6th District is the most conservative in the state. "If conservative anger at Obama boils over, as it did in 2010, Bachmann... will be in a position to exploit it," Politico reports.

When has conservative anger not boiled over at Obama? It's finally time for Bachmann to go.

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Former Michele Bachmann chief of staff to break silence on "alleged" violations, improper payments

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ruh roh smallerThe Office of Congressional Ethics has been investigating the Bachmann campaign for “alleged intentional” violations. There was an ethics probe into her campaign, allegations that her people deny, of course, because 'Chele and her staff would never EVER do anything that would mar her "family values" image. Not ever.

John Avlon at the Daily Beast:

Former staffers tell The Daily Beast that investigators have allegedly asked about allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann’s presidential campaign

The Bachmann campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and her onetime Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson have been the focus. Investigators have been curious about what she knew about their actions and when she knew it.

You may recall that Sorenson left Bachmann's campaign to join Ron Paul's. Oh snap.

Now a GOP operative and former chief of staff to Bachmann, Andy Parrish, will corroborate allegations from former Bachmann aide and Florida pastor, Peter Waldron. Waldron is saying that the campaign hid payments to Sorenson in violation of Iowa Senate ethics rules that forbid members from getting paid by presidential campaigns.

Via the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

GOP operative Andy Parrish, a former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, is expected to tell an Iowa Senate ­ethics panel that her 2012 presidential campaign made improper payments to its state chairman. [...]

The investigations are part of a growing web of legal problems facing Bachmann, including a lawsuit by former staffer Barbara Heki alleging that Sorenson stole a proprietary e-mail list of Iowa home-school families from her personal computer. Those allegations also are the subject of an ongoing police investigation in Urbandale, Iowa. [...]

Parrish’s willingness to go public against his former employer and political mentor is likely to send shock waves through Minnesota GOP circles, where both he and his attorney are well-known figures.

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