The 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.
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.