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. Gary

    I'm melting .. what a world what a world

    March 26, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. pjs

    It's painful to watch her in an interview. She sidesteps direct questions and just uses the media to push her own warped agenda.

    March 26, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. nilla

    Couldn't she just have played it safe and use the farm subsidies to pay the consultant?

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. that would be great

    MB gives no quarter and deserves none either.

    March 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  5. gladiatorgrl

    "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."

    March 26, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  6. gladiatorgrl

    "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."

    all these holy rollers think they answer to a "higher power" NOT!

    March 26, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Myths

    Oh boy, I sure hope this turns into something big against her.

    March 26, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    she will be a weird footnote in U.S. history, joining the rest of a crowded room of extremists and gross opportunists and complete hypocrites. and she will steal as much as she can on her way out the door. it's all she knows.

    March 26, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. angeson

    The GOP has so many "Legitimate Rape" candidates the Bachman's insanity barely raises eyebrows.

    March 26, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. man o man

    When the Tea Party turns on it's own, which seems to be often, they sure do it right.

    March 26, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Marie Anti

    HAHA. Caught raiding the "kitty" bank. Once a slime ball always a slime ball. Michelle you are one level below the woman from Alaska.

    March 26, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. rl

    Well, well, well. Little miss Family Values is a crook. She will look great in a prison jumpsuit. Wonder if she'll be so smug and mouthy then. I think this is great. Of course it will be someone elses fault or the government is out to get her.

    March 26, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. RE McCray

    We all know that she took millions from the government ... foster parents? ... she as crocked as the rest of Washington. Why would anyone think differently.

    March 26, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. queenbee10

    Hmmmm... might be time for Michjelle to invoke her Swiss citizenship...

    March 26, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    One L

    -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.
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    But it was a former campaign aide who filed a complaint. Not sure how Dems are involved – did a Dem encourage the aide to file a complaint? What is your point?
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    here's his point OneL.....

    "uh....uh....Obama's a soshulist!" "uh....uh....libruls hate amurka" and so on from a right wing sheep when caught in a losing argument, they can always go back tothe GOP talking points

    March 26, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. cedar rapids

    '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.'

    See, as soon as you start claiming Obama is a dictator you lose any bit of credibility you may have had. Mind you when you start off by claiming the non-partisan ethic panel is investigating MB as a democrat plot then you didnt have much to start with.

    March 26, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. GGarcia

    Maybe Dana Bash can catch up Bachmann again and ask her how she feel about being a liar who robbed her campaign funds. Based on past experience, Dana will have to be wearing a good pair of track shoes to keep up with her.

    March 26, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. SJ

    How good or the people of MN for repeatedly electing this idiot?

    March 26, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. JJ

    Why?
    Is she a threat to who now???

    March 26, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Old Soldier

    "Office of Congressional Ethics"? Now that must be a small office staff! Or a huge one, depending on its charter. Tchuss!

    March 26, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Dave The Butcher

    LOL!!!! The Republicans never fail to entertain. At the very least.

    March 26, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. wes

    Send her and everyone else in DC to prison for being corrupt rats.

    March 26, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. max3333444555

    I really dislike Bachmann but as far as election fraud goes this is nothing compared to what every other campaign does. I would love to see her go away but a few thousand other cheating pols need to go with her,

    March 26, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. nikkonikki

    what do you mean she did nothing wrong? she does something wrong everytime she opens her mouth. she is the epitome of what is wrong with this county by speaking ill of others and setting off fire storms on issues before she even has the facts. heck, she speaks ill of others and sets off fire storms even if she does know the facts – she then just creates her own to fit her story. please go away...

    March 26, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Quixote

    As close to getting probed as this crazy ice queen ever gets.

    Keep her in the public eye. She reminds everyone what the republicon party is all about.

    March 26, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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