Feds investigating Michele Bachmann for alleged under-the-table campaign payments
Bachmann could face a House Ethics Committee investigation.
Last summer, Michele Bachmann was hit was a lawsuit alleging she was involved with the theft of a private email list from a computer in Iowa during her presidential campaign. Then, in January, former staffers went public with allegations Bachmann hadn't ponied up pay she still owed them.
It gets worse, apparently. Today, The Daily Beast reported that federal investigators are looking into allegations Bachmann's campaign violated campaign finance rules during her even-more-ill-fated-than-we-initially-thought presidential run.
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...
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.
It's unclear what consequences Bachmann might face if the House Ethics Committee ultimately determines she violated campaign finance rules. But we do know this much -- on the heels of a disastrous week where she was pilloried by everyone from the Washington Post's face-checkers to Bill O'Reilly to CNN, Bachmann is in the midst of one of the worst stretches of her remarkable political career.
Jim Graves must be licking his chops.
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