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Michele Bachmann secretly paid off Iowa state chairman, says disgruntled ex-staffer

WED JAN 23, 2013

Previously on As the Batshit Crazy Bachmann Turns:

First, we learned that Bachmann is refusing to pay five staffers unless they sign a nondisclosure agreement that prohibits them them from talking to any reporters or police about any "unethical, immoral, or criminal activity" they may have witnessed during the campaign. And it seems they did witness some, um, questionable activities—including stealing an email list from a home-schooling group.

Then, because leaking that story did not motivate Bachmann to open the checkbook and just pay her damn staff, her especially bitter former field coordinator, Peter Waldron, started dishing the dirt about how Bachmann was basically mind-controlled by her debate coach, whose "Rasputin-like" relationship was so powerful, he even forbade her own husband from sleeping in the same room with her on the trail. Which, as we all know, must have been just devastating for poor Marcus.

The last episode of this must-see show ended with a real cliff hanger: 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.

And now let's go below the fold for today's episode: In a notarized complaint to the Federal Election Commission, Waldron claims several violations of federal election laws by the campaign.

One pertains to Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, who Waldron claims was paid $7,500 a month for his role as Iowa state chairman for the Bachmann campaign. [...]

Waldron claims the payments were funneled through a third party, C&M Strategies of Colorado operated by Guy Short. In essence, Waldron said, the Bachmann campaign would overpay C&M Strategies for its work and C&M Strategies would then cut a check to Sorenson for his work on behalf of the Bachmann campaign.

If true, the alleged scheme may violate the Senate ethics rule against state senators being employed by political campaigns.

That Bachmann may have violated election laws and state Senate ethics rules is bad enough, of course, and the fact that we're learning about it only because she's a deadbeat who refuses to pay her campaign staff is the comedic cherry on top, but it just wouldn't be a Bachmann tale if it didn't have an extra hypocritical twist. So let's have a flashback:

Bachmann on radio now claiming Kent Sorensen "said it was a great deal of money" Paul offered him to switch.

For those of you who have not committed the minutia of the 2012 Republican presidential primaries to memory, way back when the S.S. Bachmann For (LOL) President was going down, Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson rather dramatically jumped off that ship and to the far more credible S.S. Ron "Gold, bitchez!" Paul because he totally had a better chance of beating Barack Obama and making it to the White House.

For his back-stabbery, Bachmann flippantly accused Sorenson of accepting a bribe to betray her. (No word on whether that bribe was paid in gold.)

Bachmann didn't just smear Sorenson on the radio, though; she sent out a press release making that bribery allegation as well. But, according to epically bitter ex-staffer Waldron, the campaign suddenly dropped that whole casual-accusations-of-bribery angle because they "knew that they were doing the same thing."

It's damn near Shakespearean, isn't it? Talk about a lady protesting too much! So, did Bachmann secretly and unethically pay off her Iowa state chairman? Did she violate federal election laws? And will she ever just pay her damned staff already? Stay tuned ...

by Anonymousreply 2201/26/2013

[quote] Previously on As the Batshit Crazy Bachmann Turns

best line ever

by Anonymousreply 101/23/2013

My Yellow Dog Repubkican mom (who is still stuck on the R's over taxes, and willing to overlook social issues), said basically of Chele: "You know she's a fucking nutcase, right?"

She HATES Callista (a gold-digger and all around freak), but kind of likes Newt.

by Anonymousreply 201/23/2013

Do the Democrats in Iowa have the balls to hold her feet to the fire?

by Anonymousreply 301/23/2013

R3, Bachmann is not a threat to the Democrats, so why should they care about her? She didn't even come close to winning the Republican nomination and nearly lost her seat in November.

by Anonymousreply 401/23/2013

[quote]Bachmann is not a threat to the Democrats, so why should they care about her?

Exactly, R4. Let's be sure to keep non-threat Republicans in Congress. They worked hard to get there and deserve to vote their conscience. No sense in trying to eliminate Republicans from the House. You've given a clear answer to what we can expect from DINOs in Iowa. If we're lucky, your attitude will also fill the Senate with Republicans. Good times!

by Anonymousreply 501/23/2013

You totally missed the point, R5. The Democrats tried to defeat Bachmann in November - they even sent Bill Clinton to her district, and while she was almost defeated, there's only so much that can be done now that she's in a gerrymandered district.

Now maybe if some of these scandals get big enough they will hurt her re-election chances in 2014, but there's only so much that can be done until then.

by Anonymousreply 601/24/2013

r5 wipes back to front.

by Anonymousreply 701/24/2013

[quote]Now maybe if some of these scandals get big enough they will hurt her re-election chances in 2014, but there's only so much that can be done until then.

There's plenty that can be "done until then" but a DINO can't see that. If she were a Democrat, the Rethugs would make sure this was front page news for weeks at a time. They know how to do it. That's why Republicans have control of the House and that's why they'll get control of the Senate, too.

by Anonymousreply 801/24/2013

Michele Bachman and her ilk are enemies of common sense who do all sorts of illegal shit in order to stay in power.

by Anonymousreply 901/24/2013

She is still in office, because the Democratic Party is too nice to her during election campaign. If they would treat every Democratic election campaign rally like a Comedy Central roasting (with a few clips and sound bites from her interviews and speeches) of hers truly that bitch would be gone for good by now.

by Anonymousreply 1001/24/2013

The Nullification Crisis was a sectional crisis during the presidency of Andrew Jackson created by South Carolina's 1832 Ordinance of Nullification. This ordinance declared by the power of the State that the federal Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 were unconstitutional and therefore null and void within the sovereign boundaries of South Carolina.

by Anonymousreply 1101/24/2013

[quote]She is still in office, because the Democratic Party is too nice to her during election campaign. If they would treat every Democratic election campaign rally like a Comedy Central roasting (with a few clips and sound bites from her interviews and speeches) of hers truly that bitch would be gone for good by now.

Exactly! And the Democrats just don't get it. It's time to vote 90% of the House Democrats out of office and replace them with real Democrats who are willing to fight to take back the country. The namby-pamby attitude of "there's only so much that can be done" from simpering wimps like r6 and r7 has given this nation a Republican controlled House. There's little difference between them and the Bachmann's types that they enable.

by Anonymousreply 1201/24/2013

[quote]If they would treat every Democratic election campaign rally like a Comedy Central roasting (with a few clips and sound bites from her interviews and speeches) of hers truly that bitch would be gone for good by now.

They need to take a cue from Jimmy Fallon's band and make "Lyin' Ass Bitch" her theme song.

by Anonymousreply 1301/24/2013

I don't think you guys get it. I think she found a way to win through election fraud. I don't think there is anybody, even in suburban Minneapolis, who would vote for this shrill virago.

by Anonymousreply 1401/24/2013

Kathy Griffin meets Michele Bachmann and asks if Bachmann was born a bigot or just grew in to one.

I agree that she won fraudulently - the results were too close to be real.

by Anonymousreply 1501/24/2013

[quote]Do the Democrats in Iowa have the balls to hold her feet to the fire?

Hillary is the only Democrat with balls. Other than that no Democrats have any balls. Nancy Pelosi is the typical Democrat and she is worthless.

by Anonymousreply 1601/24/2013

They need to keep hammering on her campaign payout fraud until she's removed from office.

by Anonymousreply 1701/24/2013

I agree.

by Anonymousreply 1801/24/2013

[quote]She is still in office, because the Democratic Party is too nice to her during election campaign.

Are you kidding me? The Democrats worked all out to beat her in November, and they almost did. They gave a lot of attention to that race and Bill Clinton himself went and helped Jim Graves. That's why she didn't know until the middle of morning whether she would be re-elected or not.

But the Republicans re-districted her into a more conservative area, and that saved her.

by Anonymousreply 1901/24/2013

[quote]They gave a lot of attention to that race

You left out an important word. "They gave a lot of [bold]polite[/bold] attention to that race." See r13.

by Anonymousreply 2001/24/2013

R20, why don't you see what I wrote at R19 again.

by Anonymousreply 2101/24/2013

Once again, r21, the Dems were POLITE. No matter who they brought in and how much they spent, they were nice about it. That's why they didn't win... again!

by Anonymousreply 2201/26/2013
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