Bachmann the Target of Ethics Investigation

With former staffers for her presidential campaign making very public allegations of misconduct stemming from last year’s presidential run, Michele Bachmann now finds herself the target of an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (there’s an ironic name). The Daily Beast reports:

The Daily Beast has learned that federal investigators are now interviewing former Bachmann campaign staffers nationwide about alleged intentional campaign-finance violations. The investigators are working on behalf of the Office of Congressional Ethics, which probes reported improprieties by House members and their staffs and then can refer cases to the House Ethics Committee.

“I have been interviewed by investigators,” says Peter Waldron, a former Bachmann staffer who’s embroiled in his own fight with his former boss, involving his allegations of pay-to-play politics and improper payments by the campaign—making him one of several members of Bachmann’s inner circle who’ve fallen out with the woman they once hoped would become commander in chief. While he was careful to avoid specifics in regard to the investigating body, Waldron said that “investigators came [and] interviewed me and are interviewing other staff members across the country.”

Two other former staffers confirmed the existence of the investigation this weekend, and on Monday Bachmann’s campaign counsel, William McGinley, of the high-powered firm Patton Boggs, confirmed that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) was looking into the congresswoman’s presidential campaign last year…

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, specifically in relation to the campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann’s onetime Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson. Questions directly about Bachmann, they said, have been primarily focused on what she knew about those men’s actions and when she knew it.

I wouldn’t expect much to come of this. The House Ethics Committee is notorious for doing very little to actually promote ethical behavior by legislators. The most she’ll get is a slap on the wrist from them. But if these allegations are supported, an FEC investigation might have a bit more teeth. Either way, it’s another blow to Bachmann’s public standing.

20 comments on this post.
  1. ArtK:

    Blow to her standing? Not a chance. It’ll just be further proof of the liberal witch-hunt against patriotic conservatives standing up for God, Easter, Christmas, America and the rights of the foetus.

  2. anubisprime:

    Bachmann the Target of Ethics Investigation

    s’okay…they won’t find any!

  3. dogmeat:

    Art beat me to it. I would expect, rather than harming her public standing, she will see it improve among her True Believers™. Much like Palin can do no wrong with a certain set of Tea-Baggers, Bachmann is in the same deified position. Any evidence that she is a lying slimeball, dishonest, unbalanced, etc., is proof that she is “fighting the good fight.”

  4. The Lorax:

    Want another blow to Bachmann’s public standing? Wait until words come out of her mouth.

  5. Reginald Selkirk:

    First they came for the corrupt demagogues,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a corrupt demagogue…

  6. frankniddy:

    In my experience, her followers will just shout “B-B-B-But Benghazi” or talk about how Biden takes vacations. The only responses I ever seem to get from wingnuts are deflections.

  7. theschwa:

    PFFFT. More evidence of Obama and the liberals trying to shut her down because she is dangerously close to repealing Obamacare. The 30th time is the charm!

  8. marcus:

    @7 Ummmm..I think it’s 35 now. Whatever, I’m sure she closer than never.

  9. ArtK:

    @ markus and theschwa

    30? 35? All I hear is Bullwinkle as he’s about to pull a rabbit out of a top hat: “This time for sure!”

  10. tommykey:

    Much like Palin can do no wrong with a certain set of Tea-Baggers, Bachmann is in the same deified position.

    Which explains the Palin/Bachmann (or was it Bachmann/Palin) bumpersticker I saw a couple of years ago on the back of a truck. Either that, or the driver of the truck has a great sense of humor.

  11. Didaktylos:

    @#2 – at which point they will disclaim jurisdiction

  12. Raging Bee:

    There’s nothing wrong with her “public standing” that another wave of gerrymandering won’t cure. That’s probably the ONLY reason Republicans still have majroity in the House.

  13. davefitz:

    It surprises me that her former staffers are making these allegations. I would assume any Bachmann staffer is a serious Kool-Aid drinker to begin with and would never want to betray the cause. Dd they just not know her level of crazy before?

  14. D. C. Sessions:

    Either way, it’s another blow to Bachmann’s public standing.

    Having the running dogs lackeys of The elite liberal Washington Power structure attack Representative Bachmann for her Principled righteous Crusade for God and America will only Make a martyr of her to those whose Eyes are opened To the Truth!

  15. Chris A:

    @davefitz #13

    Don’t leave out the possibility that her staffers are horrid selfish bastards who thought they could ride her coat-tails to significance and thereby make personal gains. You know, Republicans.

  16. raven:

    Scott Randolph, Florida Lawmaker, Reprimanded For Using The …
    www .huffingtonpost .com/…/florida-lawmaker-repriman_n_843259….

    Mar 31, 2011 – Apparently, a lawmaker in the Florida House of Representatives ran afoul … Scott Randolph, Florida Lawmaker, Reprimanded For Using The Word ‘Uterus’ ….. So, complain all you want but it’s for your own protection that they …

    Democrat chastised for saying ‘uterus’ on House floor | Tampa Bay …
    www .tampabay. com/…florida…/democrat-chastised-saying-uterus-ho…

    Mar 31, 2011 – Republicans, after all, wouldn’t want to further regulate a Florida business … He said Republicans voiced concern about young pages hearing the word uterus. … Florida legislators grapple with future of special-needs students …

    Vagina???

    That is no big deal.

    A few years ago, a Florida Democratic representative used the word “uterus” right out in public!!!

    I don’t even have words to describe how warped these Mormon brains are. Hitchens rule: Religion poisons everything. Mormons have warped minds.

  17. raven:

    Oops, wrong thread on wrong blog.

    This was to go on PZ Myers latest post. Which is about a teacher being persecuted in Twin Falls, Idaho for saying vagina during a human anatomy lesson.

  18. John Pieret:

    D.C. @ 14

    Having the running dogs lackeys of The elite liberal Washington Power structure attack Representative Bachmann for her Principled righteous Crusade for God and America will only Make a martyr of her to those whose Eyes are opened To the Truth!

    Almost perfect … except you forgot full capitals for “TRUTH”.

  19. birgerjohansson:

    …and the spelling was too good.

  20. democommie:

    “Which explains the Palin/Bachmann (or was it Bachmann/Palin) bumpersticker I saw a couple of years ago on the back of a truck.”

    I was sorta hopin’ that it had been the Minnesota Meathead and the Witch Hunter from Wasilla, so’s I could run off a few million, “Bachmann/Palin Overhyped” stickers.

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