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Watch out, Eric Cantor! A tea party Brat is coming after you!

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Ruh roh! Watch out, Eric Cantor, you're being challenged... by a real Brat. Oh wait, bratitude is your specialty. Apparently, it takes one to challenge one.

Yes indeedy, the House Majority Leader better watch his back, because he's being primaried by a gen-yew-ine Tea Party candidate. A Tea Party candidate with money in his pockets, which is the most dangerous kind.

Via The Hill:

"I want to be Eric Cantor’s term limit," Randolph-Macon College economics Professor David Brat tells National Review. [...]

Brat might have more financial resources than Cantor's previous opponents. [...]He took shots at Cantor for backing the bipartisan budget deal brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and said the majority leader hasn't fought hard enough to undercut ObamaCare.

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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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Office of Congressional Ethics investigating Bachmann campaign for "alleged intentional" violations

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John Avlon has an exclusive at the Daily Beast about an ethics probe into Michele Bachmann's campaign, allegations that her people deny, of course. After all, Team Family Values would never do anything improper. That would go against every principle for which they stand, under God, with liberty and justice for all:

[S]he is embroiled in a litany of legal proceedings related to her rolling disaster of a presidential campaign—including a Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into campaign improprieties that has not previously been reported.

The Daily Beast has learned that federal investigators are now interviewing former Bachmann campaign staffers nationwide about alleged intentional campaign-finance violations. [...]

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 are the focus. Investigators want to know what she knew about their actions and when she knew it.

Avlon describes Bachmann's predicament as a "slow-motion crash for an unusually irresponsible politician." For example, her “Tea Party Caucus has been inactive for several months.”

One longtime Bachmann senior staffer made this painful observation: "Some people make a splash and some people belly flop. She belly flopped. And you don’t get a second chance at the diving board.”

Avlon sums it up this way:

In the end, it seems the only people who profited from Bachmann’s face-plant of a presidential campaign were the consultants. The only lasting legacy has been the lawsuits. While junior staffers say they still haven’t been paid, Guy Short’s C&M Strategies received a total of $157,000 from MichelePAC between January 2011 and July 2012, when Bachmann was primarily preoccupied with presidential pursuits, according to FEC filings.

Now the prospect of a House Ethics Committee investigation into Bachmann’s presidential campaign adds an additional indignity to the self-inflicted disasters of her political career... [T]he people who know Bachmann best respect her the least.

He gives a few examples and then some. Please read the entire post here.

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Casino company headed by GOP donor Sheldon Adelson says it "likely" broke bribery law

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As you may recall, Sheldon Adelson and his wife donated nearly $92.8 million to outside political spending groups (including $23 million to Karl Rove's super PAC American Crossroads), per the Center for Responsive Politics. First he backed Newt Gingrich's failed campaign for president, and then Willard Romney's. No one else even came close in terms of trying to buy influence.

And as you also may recall, Adelson is the 12th-richest American, with his wealth estimated at $20.5 billion. So all those donations were a mere drop in the bucket for him. According to this Wall Street Journal report, he plans to spend even more the next time around. If at first you don’t succeed, buy, buy again.

You may also recall that Adelson, who is under DOJ investigation, said President Obama would go after him, but Romney wouldn’t. Why is he in legal hot water?

The Las Vegas Sands Corp., controlled by Romney donor Sheldon Adelson, is the target of a U.S. money-laundering probe.

Company of Newt Gingrich’s big donor, Sheldon Adelson, has alleged ties to bribes, Chinese mob.

Now, per the L.A. Times, the casino company Sheldon McBigBucks heads admits to "probably" breaking the law:

The Las Vegas casino company headed by high-profile Republican donor and billionaire Sheldon Adelson said it probably violated a federal law that prohibits the bribery of foreign government officials.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. said its auditors found that "there were likely violations" of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars Americans from bribing foreign officials to secure an advantage. The disclosure was made in a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. [...]

Adelson's company said it did not expect the findings to materially affect its finances or force it to restate financial results.

It must be nice to have enough money to buy your way out of legal problems and into political access and election outcomes.

Rachel Maddow does her usual great job of putting the complicated Sheldon Adelson-related story in context:

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