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Ex-Aide Accuses Bachmann Of Campaign Finance Violations

10:55 am - 01/17/2013

An evangelical organizer who served as a top adviser to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 Republican presidential primary run filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, alleging campaign finance violations tied to both Bachmann’s failed campaign and her independent political action committee, MichelePAC.

From the The Minneapolis Star Tribune:

[Peter] Waldron, formerly Bachmann’s national field coordinator, is accusing the campaign of improperly dipping into money from MichelePAC to pay longtime fundraising consultant Guy Short for presidential campaign work he performed in the critical final weeks ahead of Iowa’s caucuses last year.

Waldron also alleges that the campaign concealed payments to Iowa state campaign chairman Kent Sorenson, a state senator who abruptly left the Bachmann camp to join then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s insurgent campaign. Under Iowa Senate rules, Waldron maintains, Sorenson could not perform paid work for a presidential campaign.

As the Tribune reports, from July to November 2011, Bachmann’s campaign paid Short $104,580 through his company, C&M Strategies. At the same time, MichelePAC was paying Short around $5,000 a month. But the campaign stopped paying Short in the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus on Jan. 3, 2012. Short told campaign staffers that he was volunteering on the presidential campaign, and others were asked to do the same. But it turns out that MichelePAC paid Short $40,000 between Dec. 6, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012.

“He engineered the caucus strategy,” Waldron told the Tribune. “He was the one who decided who went where and did what. They can’t pay a PAC employee to function as a senior staff member in a supervisory role in a presidential campaign.”

Waldron’s complaint came a few days after Waldron went public with an accusation that Bachmann was withholding money owed to former staffers to keep them from talking about the final months of the campaign.

James Pollack, Bachmann’s former national finance chairman, called Waldron’s allegations last week “false, inaccurate and misleading.”


wrestlingdog 17th-Jan-2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
I can't get over how much I love that .gif.
crossfire 17th-Jan-2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Came here to say exactly this.
beuk 17th-Jan-2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
exactly what I was thinking.
abiding 17th-Jan-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
bmh4d0k3n 17th-Jan-2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
tabaqui 17th-Jan-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Hee! How i love her. :) The .gif, i mean.
jocelyncs 17th-Jan-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
tabaqui 17th-Jan-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ah ha ha. Send her to jail. Please.
masakochan 17th-Jan-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
fauxparadiso 17th-Jan-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Needs more "schadenfreude" tag imo, or at least a BAHAHAHAHA tag
zhiva_the_mage 17th-Jan-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
~party of fiscal responsibility~
eyetosky 17th-Jan-2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
I have been WAITING for this to show up here.

The article on Salon where I first found it brings up a secondary piece of info, which is that she's under investigation for stealing contact info for fundraising purposes. More specifically, stealing info on homeschooling families from the laptop of a volunteer. If they sign that NDA, the investigation will have to be dropped.

Believe it or not, Bachmann, your volunteers are a bit more stringent about the whole "not bearing false witness" thing than you seem to be.
soleiltropiques 17th-Jan-2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
It couldn't happen to a worse person.

Love this.
abiding 17th-Jan-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
clevermanka 17th-Jan-2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
jocelyncs 17th-Jan-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
This is weirdly hypnotic. What's it from?
celtic_thistle 18th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
The Hollow Crown--Henry IV, I think.
clevermanka 18th-Jan-2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's from the BBC's "Hollow Crown" production. This is from Henry IV, pt. 1.
fightingwords 17th-Jan-2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ha. Nice gif.
moonshaz 18th-Jan-2013 04:56 am (UTC)

But happy you got caught!
rayofblacklight 19th-Jan-2013 06:19 am (UTC)
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