Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Michele Bachmann's Presidential Campaign under Ethics Investigation

Rep. Michele Bachmann is in trouble! She is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for alleged misuse of campaign funds, I guess Marcus' Manhunt account has been found out.

Here's the scoop:
“There are no allegations that the Congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing,” said her attorney, William McGinley of Patton Boggs. “We are constructively engaged with the OCE and are confident that at the end of their Review the OCE Board will conclude that Congresswoman Bachmann did not do anything inappropriate.”

The probe was first reported by the Daily Beast. An OCE investigation is a preliminary probe; the office can either dismiss a case or recommend a full House Ethics Committee investigation. The OCE is a non-partisan, independent entity governed by an eight-person board made up of private citizens chosen by the House Speaker and minority leader. There is a 30-day preliminary review; if members decide there is reasonable cause to believe the allegations, a 45-day further review follows. Four members can vote to refer a matter to the Ethics Committee, and four members can vote to terminate a probe. The office does not have subpoena power.

Peter Waldron, who served as Bachmann’s national field coordinator in the 2012 presidential race, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the lawmaker’s campaign improperly used leadership PAC funds to pay presidential campaign staff. Consultant Guy Short, he alleges, was paid with MichelePAC funds. He also charges that payments to Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson, were concealed due to ethics rules that bar legislators from being employed by campaigns. Both Bachmann and Sorenson have denied those allegations.
I hope she's caught.


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