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Michele Bachmann's Former Chief of Staff Breaks Silence

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Rep. Michele Bachmann's former chief of staff will tell an Iowa Senate ethics panel that the congresswoman made improper payments to the state chairman of her presidential campaign, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Kevin Diaz reports

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JL A (281)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 5:49 pm
Michele Bachmann's former Chief of Staff breaks silence

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Rep. Michele Bachmann's former chief of staff will tell an Iowa Senate ethics panel that the congresswoman made improper payments to the state chairman of her presidential campaign, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Kevin Diaz reports ... SNIP ...
The investigation in Iowa is one of at least three ongoing investigations into the congresswoman'™s presidential campaign. There is also a Federal Election Commission probe and one from the Office of Congressional Ethics. Authorities also reportedly opened a criminal investigation into the alleged theft of a email list by Sorenson from a campaign volunteer. As Diaz notes, the investigations are part of a growing web of legal problems facing Bachmann.¯


When your former chief of staff provides an affidavit that you made improper payments it is a little hard to claim that there's no fire beneath all that smoke.

More below the Orange Squiggle of Power.

From the Minnesota Star Trib:

Gilmore said Parrish can provide the ethics panel documentary evidence that Sorenson was paid $7,500 a month to work on Bachmann's campaign, money that was funneled to him indirectly through C&M Strategies, a Colorado-based company controlled by Bachmann fundraiser Guy Short.

Parrish is the former CoS. Gilmore is his lawyer. The money came from Bachmann's independent PAC, which makes it almost impossible for her to claim innocence - not that reality and logic have much to do with her speech.

Parrish'™s willingness to go public against his former employer and political mentor is likely to send shock waves through Minnesota GOP circles, where both he and his attorney are well-known figures.

Parrish served as deputy campaign manager of last year's unsuccessful effort to pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Gilmore is a well-known conservative blogger.

The Minnesota GOP has some problems, oh yes they do. And that's what happens when one of the leading figures in the state party is a lunatic grifter ... come to think of it, that really doesn't narrow it down to Minnesota.

Michele has other problems than making illegal payments to Mr. Sorenson. Sorenson allegedly stole a proprietary mailing list from a volunteer's computer, and the police are investigating that. Congressional investigators are looking into her conflating her book tour and her Presidential campaign - good thing Newt Gingrich is no longer in Congress.

It will be a sad day for Kossacks when Michele Bachmann retires from Congress. Who will take her place as the March to Madness champion of the GOP? Only time will tell! There are certainly no shortage of candidates in the party for which facts are optional.

And somehow, this reminds me of Ms. Bachmann's modus operandi.(see quote/graphic at site)

Mary T (358)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 6:05 pm
do not understand why the people of Minnesota continue to reelect this person.

Terry V (30)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:01 pm
I live in MN and am NOT at all surprised

JL A (281)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:12 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:20 pm
Guano Girl --- As bat shit crazy as ever! From paranoia to stupidity! How this person (I don't want to call her a woman and insult the rest of the American women! --- calling her a person is almost as bad!) survives is a true miracle.

JL A (281)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:28 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lynn because you have done so within the last day.

David C (29)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 11:56 pm
And they keep telling us that she is one of the great GOP leaders --- come on right-wing posters tell us this is a lie!

Kit B (276)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:49 am

I don't think this is lie, just Bachmann taking short cuts and hoping no one will notice. A cartoon image of Bachmann would surely have her twisting a thin mustache. Better yet, witch being dissolve by water.

Come on Minnesota you can do better than this.

JL A (281)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:17 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day

Mike M (40)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:00 pm
Stupid is and does as the rest watched and twiddled their opposable digits

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:06 pm
noted thanks

JL A (281)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:30 pm
You are welcome Carol.

Feel free to flag spam.

James Maynard (84)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:03 pm
Wish I could say with a straight face that I
didn't see this coming........... Just hope it
actually matters to the people of Minnesota.

And, yes, flagged the spammer.

Diane O (194)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:06 pm
This is small potatoes compared to breaking news about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi which leads me to say that "lying" spares no political party.

Internal emails in the week following the 9-11 anniversary assault on the U.S. facility in Benghazi show the White House and State Department removed references to al Qaeda and the mention of other recent attacks in Benghazi from widely distributed talking points used to explain the incident to the public, according to a new report from five House Republican committee chairmen released Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Citing administration emails provided to the House committees, the 46-page report claims that “to protect the State Department, the Administration deliberately removed references to al-Qaeda-linked groups and previous attacks in Benghazi in the talking points used by Ambassador Rice.”

While the report does not disclose in full the still-classified emails or the officials who wrote them, it does give the clearest account to date of how the official public statements in the days after September 11, 2012 from the Obama administration departed from the classified assessments of the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The story begins on Friday, September 14, when then-CIA director David Petraeus briefed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the Benghazi attack three days earlier. The CIA’s notes for that briefing included information about five previous attacks on foreign interests in Benghazi since April 2012; potential links to the al Qaeda connected Libyan militia, Ansar al-Sharia; previous CIA assessments of groups linked to al Qaeda in eastern Libya; and information suggesting Islamic extremists participated in the attack, according to the report.

But then the editing process began later that day on September 14, “[w]hen draft talking points were sent to officials throughout the Executive Branch, [and] senior State Department officials requested the talking points be changed to avoid criticism for ignoring the threat environment in Benghazi,” the report charges. The report quotes one email saying there was concern that members of Congress would attack the State Department for “not paying attention to Agency warnings” regarding the mounting threat in Benghazi.

A meeting convened by the White House on Saturday suggested further edits to the talking points, according to the report. While a senior CIA official eventually changed the talking points, the report says those changes were made at the behest of the White House and the State Department. “Those edits struck any and all suggestions that the State Department had been previously warned of threats in the region, that there had been previous attacks in Benghazi by al-Qaeda-linked groups in Benghazi and eastern Libya, and that extremists linked to al-Qaeda may have participated in the attack on the Benghazi Mission,” according to the report.

On Sunday the new talking points were provided to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, who based her comments about the attack on major Sunday news shows on September 16 on the newly edited talking points. Rice ended up suggesting that the lethal assault on the Benghazi compound was spurred by a demonstration against an anti-Muslim Internet video. The State Department’s own accountability review board eventually acknowledged last year that there was no demonstration the night the Benghazi compound was raided and set ablaze

there's more here:

For every republican the liberals want to "fry" for doing something not "above board" there are three democrats who have done far worse. And, what's worse is that we are talking about congresswoman , Michelle Bachman. Just look at what the Secretary of State has done.....lies and more lies. The Clinton lying machine....former President Clinton lying under oath and was impeached.


Diane O (194)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:06 pm
Let's sit back and see what happens to former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, for lying.

Diane O (194)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:08 pm
And, then, let's sit back and watch what happens to Michelle Bachman.

John B (185)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:09 pm
Thanks JL for the post. Well it looks as if Bachman maybe in a bit of trouble and this just might complicate her 2014 re-election bid. Read and noted.

Diane O (194)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:12 pm
Looks like Hillary Clinton may be in a bit of trouble and this just might complicate her 2016 presidential run.

My guess is that we'll witness another tsunami election in 2014 and we'll see a republican congress. It won't matter if Michelle Bachman is not re elected. That's just one seat. There's more going on here besides this woman. She is a very smaller player.

Diane O (194)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:13 pm
typo: "she is a small player."

JL A (281)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:28 pm
The topic is Michelle Bachman. Unrelated to topic comments posted will be ignored; topical comments are welcome.

JL A (281)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:31 pm
You are welcome James and John. Thanks James--I encourage all to flag violations of code of conduct they see.
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.

Diane O (194)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:01 pm
You do seem to have a problem with opposing views. I compared Michelle Bachman to Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi situation. You posted an article on an open forum and you want to control what is said? I would suggest that you take this to Care 2 for clarification since you are suggesting that I have broken the Rules of Conduct by posting an opposing view.

JL A (281)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:30 pm
The focus is of this article is a criminal investigation of felonies where a former staff member of Bachman is providing evidence vs. alleged inaccuracies in a report to a committee by the other--an ethical question. Spurious, invented similarity. There are posts about Benghazi--where these comments belonged from the beginning--not here trying to change the topic.

Kit B (276)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:49 pm

I see Diane is here deflecting the actual article and trying to smooth it over by using some scatter shot and hoping some thing, any thing will cover the misdeeds of Bachmann. That just doesn't hold water, Diane.

JL A (281)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:50 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

Louise D (44)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:18 am
No surprise that Bachmann is found to be a bit ethically challenged a bit like Newt Gingrich. The GOP seems to have an endless source of corrupt politicians and judging by the last election being corrupt is no longer the handicap it was once seen. As usual Diane is bringing up a standard Fox News meme. Mitt Romney took no time at all the spread a blatant lie about Benghazi and the tired old rant about Clinton. The Clinton impeachment was a partisan farce, it should be pointed out that there were far stronger cases to impeach Reagan and both the Bushs than Clinton trying to hide the fact he was getting blowjobs off a chubby intern. Still I suspect that Diane is lonely since that wee Baldy man was arrested for abusing homeless people. I understand he got a bit of a spanking but then I gather he rather enjoys that type of thing.

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:37 am
The misdeeds of a republican congresswoman can easily be compared to a former congresswoman from the opposing party. My point is clear. For every republican the liberals want to discredit publicly there are democrats who have done the same or worse. It's the same as with the successes and failures of our presidents. They are compared every second of every day.

I am not deflecting the actual article. Michelle Bachman is a small player on the political stage IMO and carries no significant weight in the congress. There are far more politicians who have done much worse and walked away from it. I'm simply making a statement.

JL A (281)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:20 am
Bachman is senior enough she serves on key committees where similar errors of judgement could hurt national security.
Her alleged offenses are as serious criminal offenses as Abramoff (sp?) and his cohorts committed.

Felonies are indeed more serious and significant than questions of ethics that have no criminal violations involved to anyone not using a partisan filter to bias their opinions.

I don't blame you John--you are brave to comment, for which I give you kudos.

JL A (281)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:44 am
Does anyone remember another criminal investigation of a member of the House being this advanced without the House Ethics Committee even starting an investigation?

Robert K (31)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:52 am
....refuted LONG ago....

Elle B (84)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 11:49 am
Thank-you for the update JL.

Rep. Bachman belongs to a Club God that believes membership includes carte blanche forgiveness for members only. Non-members are enemy combatants and "political guerilla-warfare" to thwart non-member activities is encouraged and sanctioned. Behind closed doors...she is most likely receiving credence and kudos for her misguided acts. Too bad so many democrats inaccurately assessed why they lost an election to Reagan. Then, pursued a course where it became more important to prove they could act and look a lot like Republicans than to work in the true interests of the citizenry.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:02 pm
GreedyOnePercenters keep creating monsters that they can't control..if only the monsters would pay off the Reich people they wouldn't have these problems!;) Both parties will sacrifice their sitting monsters if those monsters don't do as told. Ask ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), pissing off the mobsters-in-charge-of-the-monsters will be your down-fall - but doing "the will of the people" is the surest way for Democrats to do that!

Robert K (31)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:19 pm
Expecting something rational posted by Diame is like expecting a horse to do your laundry and is, in fact, less likely.

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:44 pm
Trolls are lonely people... we should shun them to preserve their natural habit - the Faux Fatherland! ;)

Diane O (194)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:52 pm
Michelle Bachman is but one conservative congresswoman. In contrast, I've come up with a few democrat congressmen who have been shall we say "less than stellar?"

"Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, whose position includes being the head of the tax-collecting Internal Revenue Service, was found upon his nomination to have evaded substantial taxes years ago. This financial expert blamed it on software miscalculations and oversights, even though he had signed papers at work documenting his understanding that taxes would be due on the extra income in question. Only when nominated did he pay the back taxes with interest, but no penalty. The head of the IRS is a confirmed income tax cheat, and the Obama Democrats are OK with that. Very symbolic.

Prominent Democrat Tom Daschle, the former Senate leader and no doubt a lover of all tax hikes, had his nomination by Obama for a Cabinet post torpedoed by the discovery that he was a tax cheat. Most other Obama tax evading nominees suffered a similar fate, but one other cheater, Katherine Sibelius, now head of HHS, somehow survived. My theory: she was discovered to be a tax evader after so many other Obama nominees had already been outed, and by then there was so much Democrat-tax-cheater fatigue among Republicans and conservative media that she slipped by. It became hard to keep all of the tax evasion stories straight from one another.

Now yet another Democrat, long-time congressman Charlie Rangel, who has been head of the House tax-writing committee for years and also a hearty supporter of tax increases for those of us who actually pay their income taxes, is found to be a long-time tax evader (17 years by reports). But he only suffers a figurative hand slap via a House censure, which House Democrats supported only for political show to hide from the public their true feelings, which were evidenced by the standing ovation they gave Rangel immediately after the public wrist-slap.

No fines, no jail for Rangel, even though the week’s news featured another income tax evader, actor Wesley Snipes, ordered off to prison for the same offense."

This is my point on this thread. For every one republican you want to "fry" there are two democrats who have probably done much worse.

That was my point. My only point. Liberals need to understand that they have a great deal of "dirty laundry" in their own party.

JL A (281)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 1:56 pm
Good advice Yvonne, which also echoes what Eric tells us we should do.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:00 pm

. (0)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:59 pm
Ho, Ho, Hoax. A politician's job is to tell the people what they want to hear. If you can't deal with the issues or you don't have a plan to deal with them; slander your opponent. That way the public won't be focused on your shortcomings and incompetence as everyone it would appear loves a good, juicy scandal. In seeing the elected and powerful fall they can feel superior to the incumbent as they have no control over their lives.
Once you're elected and you still have no plan; blame the fallen incumbent; promise to do better if you the voting public will just tighten your belts a little more so we can implement our austerity programs to improve the economic situation. Why you can even fall upon your knees like Jimmy Swaggart; crying crocodile tears; begging the public's forgiveness; professing your sins and promising to do better.
Why is it no matter whom you elect it's always the same game even if one side's approach looks different. Hope and change indeed. Now you know why they call me a cynical, cranky old bastard.

JL A (281)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:10 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last day.

. (1)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:17 pm
thanks for posting

JL A (281)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:18 pm
You are welcome Leuth.

Audrey L (37)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:35 pm
Bachmann is too crazy for me to waste time on trying to figure her out, even some republicans are ashamed of her crazy antics, the fact that she is on the House Intelligence Committee is pretty scary and really an insult to our country.

Piers G (3)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 10:43 pm
This is another of those that want such a lot of details then I cant sign because I'm not living in the USA.
Very frustrating, make it clear at the beginning.... ONLY USA CITIZENS

Piers G (3)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 8:04 am
Thank you Best wishes

Kit B (276)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:08 am

More of your deflecting Diane. I wonder if you actually think that your aggressive, bossy approach will have any affect on the facts. This article is not about your comparisons to others, post that article under your name. Stop littering on this or any article you think deserves your shallow insights. Michelle Bachmann is the topic of this article, and you do not own any great insights to the facts nor the truth.

JL A (281)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:19 am
To illustrate a point, when former Representative John Doolittle was being investigated for criminal charges, he publicly announced well ahead of the end of his term that he would not run again. Many in similar circumstances with ethical scandals without criminal offenses have resigned or promised to resign (e.g., the GOP Senator from AK gave a conditional promise based on trial outcome)--what has historically apparently been considered the honorable thing to do.

I've yet to see Bachman promise to do the honorable thing.
If someone else has seen something where she speaks about that, I would welcome the link.

Diane O (194)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:44 am
I guess we should first start with the democrats who have fallen from grace from tax evasion. None of them to my knowledge did the "honorable thing."

How about Hillary Clinton? Shouldn't she do the honorable thing and admit that she knew about the issues in Benghazi and stayed silent meanwhile Americans were killed. I mean, can the liberals get a grasp on real issues? You want to hammer a small potato, Michelle Bachman, when, in fact, you've got quite a few democrats who have done far worse and nothing has happened to them.

Well, Kit, just because you say I don't own any great insights to the facts or the truth doesn't mean you are right. You are stating your personal opinion. I am, in fact, bringing comparisons to this thread that, quite frankly, I don't believe that Michelle Bachman has done anything worse than many sitting democrats. I have my freedom of speech and you have yours. Please notice that I never resort to calling you names for your personal opinions.

JL A (281)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 12:36 pm
IRS audit findings do not become criminal violations unless one does not cooperate with the audit/investigation--this topic is about criminal investigation of an elected official, Bachman.

Noncriminal ethical issues of others are not topical and thus disrespectful to the entire Care2 community when posted in this thread. Respectful behavior would be posting in a thread on that topic or, if finding none current, posting such an article one's self to discuss it.

Comments showing the respect promised as a condition of Care2 membership/participation will be welcomed on the topic of criminal charges against an elected official while in office, currently apparently only applicable to Bachman.


Janis B (7)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:11 am
Really people would you expect anything different from the corrupt idiot fringes of the GOP?

Shirley B (5)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:13 am
TY for the post, JL.

JL A (281)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:28 am
You are welcome Shirley.

Brad Kraus (6)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:12 pm
I hope we see more about this in the media. Thanks for posting.
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