Bachmann's presidential campaign under investigation by congressional ethics panel
March 25th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Bachmann's presidential campaign under investigation by congressional ethics panel

Washington (CNN) - Former GOP 2012 presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign is under investigation by an independent ethics panel on Capitol Hill, according to a statement from an attorney representing Bachmann.

William McGinley, a partner at Patton Boggs, a Washington law firm, released a statement to CNN on Monday confirming a story that first appeared in the Daily Beast that the Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into the Minnesota congresswoman's presidential campaign.

But McGinley insists Bachmann did nothing wrong.

"There are no allegations that the congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing. 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," McGinley said in a written statement to CNN.

According to the Daily Beast, several former Bachmann campaign workers are being interviewed about the potential improper transfer of campaign funds. One of those quoted in the article, Peter Waldron, is a former campaign aide who filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Bachmann's illegally used money from her political action committee to pay a campaign consultant.

The Office of Congressional Ethics is a separate entity set up in 2008 as a nonpartisan panel to screen potential instances of misconduct by members of the House of Representatives. If OCE decides a matter warrants additional review if can refer it to the House Ethics Committee, which determines whether an official investigation will be launched.

As is the custom, the Office of Congressional Ethics declined to comment on whether it was reviewing any alleged impropriety by Bachmann.


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soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. george cook

    Try looking in YOUR OWN CLOSET DEMS and CNN...there is PLENTY there for a "COMING OUT PARTY" I believe....all you guys do is DIG DIRT..try Mr Biden's $1,000,000 US Taxpayer Tab for 2 nights in England with the Ms...and try Jesse Jackson Jr Jr and his Campaign Dirty Tactics....you got enough in your own Ballpark to deal with...leave every body else alone...we know you are biased as H...lll anyway.

    March 25, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. george cook

    THE ABSOLUTE "IDIOT" who is Bashing Micelle Bachman and the NRA needs go go "take a shower" and a drink of Grape Kool Aid and start getting serious because he is definitely one Sick Puppy..with all of the distorted, so called facts he is uttering forth..typical demo..if they don't like the "real facts" they change them to fit the occasion.

    March 25, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. george cook

    SUDS..I think you been drinking too many SUDS....get your facts straight and forget the lefty and cnn bias...in other words get real.

    March 25, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Say it isn't so? This has got to be some kind of conspiracy. The congresswoman who accuses the President of living a lavish lifestyle has funny money issues of her own? Now ain't that the pot calling the kettle black.

    March 25, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. James Bond

    What a jewel for the repubs, she has crossed someone powerful, too bad, she was good for a laugh, til you realize she is seriously demented, and on our payroll, yikes

    March 25, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -uma

    when the venomous jews plunder trillions from americans, we applaud and celebrate.

    when a lone congress person errs a few thousand dollars, jewish blood hounds make life a living hell.

    look at the mental bankruptcy of gullible America.
    ****************
    Your post is evidence of mental bankruptcy.

    March 25, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. george cook

    What a bunch of "Liberal Jerks" on this posting...typical though..don't know the facts and try to create their own set of facts....spinning and bs..ing is one thing..which I admit you all are great at...but get real even if just for a short period of time. tell the truth and you WILL feel better.

    March 25, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Michelle Bachmann under investigation? I am shocked! Shocked I tell you. Why this fine, upstanding Republican . . . wait, wait, hahaha. I can't go on. This is too funny. I mean, like most of her ilk, she's so upstanding and trustworthy and conservative. Hahaaa.

    March 25, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. A Kickin` Donkey

    "She did nothing" . . . yep, I can buy that. "She did nothing wrong?" Now that is a stretch. We know she is the dumbest female in Congress, we know she is a BIG LIAR, we know she hasn`t sponsored any real legislation, we know she either can not do simple math or she purposely fabricates lies. The House GOP would censure this moron if they had any sense. She is harmful to the brand. The only diference between her & Akin or Murdoch is that she got elected!

    March 25, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. ObservantHistorian

    "The venomous jews"? "Jewish blood hounds"? Must be a Bachmann voter.

    March 25, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Lando

    Handcuffs looks good on her wrist....

    March 25, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Perfect. Now if voters in my home state can finally realize that that woman is a straight-up embarrassment to both Minnesota and the nation.

    March 25, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Murray Brown

    Well, since Michelle loves to pray for the world to end, she shouldn't be disappointed. Hers is about to.

    March 25, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Dj Rhyme

    I'm a moderate republican.. Don't tlk about someone else misusing campaign funds or tax payer funds when you urself may not have your house in order.

    March 25, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Patrick in Wisconsin

    George cook, your argument isn't even worth taking seriously. Go troll the fox opinion website. You'll fit right in.

    March 25, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -george cook

    THE ABSOLUTE "IDIOT" who is Bashing Micelle Bachman and the NRA needs go go "take a shower" and a drink of Grape Kool Aid and start getting serious because he is definitely one Sick Puppy..with all of the distorted, so called facts he is uttering forth..typical demo..if they don't like the "real facts" they change them to fit the occasion.
    ********************
    Bachmann is notorious for creating whole histories and "facts" out of nothing more than hot air and wishful thinking ( confused Concord NH with Concord MA as the birthplace of the American Revolution, just for starters). As to claims that the Democrats have their share of dirty laundry, absolutely right: the differnce is that they are usually not given jobs with FOX, and Jesse Jackson Jr is heading to prison where he belongs. Check some facts, Junior, before you post. If not, once its out, its permanant. We're just enjoying the moment, so lighten up.

    March 25, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Michele Bachmann under investigation?"

    Karma. It comes back to bite them everytime.

    March 25, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    Bachmann is on Obama's hit list. You had to expect that, the Dem socialists would be going after anything at all, they can find, to impact on her keeping her seat.

    That's what dictators do......they eliminate those who oppose them.

    March 25, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. ghostriter

    George, you seem to be the only conservative defending.......conservatives. Not sure if I should give you props for sticking to your guns or laugh at you for sticking to your guns.

    I'll do both.

    Oh, and Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty...no trial....no taxpayer money being spent....well...no more money....

    March 25, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. mario

    Hey george get a life,,, Bachman is a craz,,,

    March 25, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Alaskan1st

    I really wanted her and Palin to run for pres. That woulds have been the final nail in the coffin of the GOP.

    March 25, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. freedom

    It's an ambush, just like what they did to Sarah Palin. All the while, Obama has a new organization where you can "buy" a meeting with him. That's ethical, and legal? NO

    March 25, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Donna

    Leftists have been targeting Michelle for a long long time.... besides who cares? If Democrat Charlie Rangel is still in the House after all of his illegal activities, why even bother investigating things? Only to leave criminals like Rangel in office to line his pockets.

    March 25, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Jack

    They will have to try Bush and Chenney for spending an equal amount of money on their foreign trips AND invading the wrong country. They should try YOU GEORGE COOK for bigotry and stupidity.

    March 25, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. MelHaunSr

    It may well come to nothing, but right now it is funny. She acts so brain dead...
    It would be hilarious if inside her twisted mind was a secret conspirator... either too stupid, or unlucky enough to pull off a little graft.

    March 25, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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