Bachmann's presidential campaign under investigation by congressional ethics panel
March 25th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
1 year 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. nadinesh

    I agree with virtually nothing Bachmann says or believes but I gotta think this is the result of amateurs playing politics. But the whole will eventually come out.

    March 26, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Wes Scott

    Bachmann should move to Germany where she can help revive the Third Reich since that seems to be the foundation for all her beliefs.

    March 26, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Andy

    In the article it states; "... the OCE Board will conclude that Congresswoman Bachmann did not do anything inappropriate,". Agreed! It's just that she's as dumb as a box of rocks! Stop it!!!

    March 26, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Oh she did something wrong all right . . . she opened her mouth!

    March 26, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Carol

    She is poison anyway. I hope they find something.

    March 26, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. James

    Maybe she used the money to buy her husband some FABULOUS clothes! ;-)

    March 26, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Dan

    Michele Bachmann committed an inapproriate act just by entering herself in the presidential race. Talk about unfit for the position.

    March 26, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. John

    Sounds more like she is guilty of what we already know. She is just stupid.

    March 26, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Al

    She should plead stupidity

    March 26, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. weezer

    Typical Republican thief.

    March 26, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Lizzie

    you reap what you sow...

    March 26, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. fayse

    She paid for tickets and handed them out to voters in the Iowa straw poll last year, thats how she won and just barely at. This woman has no integrity what so ever.

    March 26, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Jim in PA

    Fun fact: "Patriot" Michele Bachmann recently obtained dual citizenship in Switzerland. Surprised? Me neither.

    March 26, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    I would have LOVED being a fly on the wall at CPAC. I bet it was a repeat of last years RNC. A straight up Obama bashfest. Which is all they seem to do these days.

    March 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    She has already done a lot of damage to the party. This will be for herself.

    March 26, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. morris

    Another GOP who talks out of both sides of her mouth. Until the GOP get some credible people with integrity in their party it will continue to go downhill. Trump, Bachman, Rove- I mean really!!!!!!! They are sooooo over;, not that they ever were people of integrity.Lets face it they are selfish, narrow minded people who care only about themselves and making a buck.America, you can and deserve better.

    March 26, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. T

    .........It amazes me that Minnesota's 6th continues to support the nonesense, liar that gets her "facts" from gossip columns...........

    March 26, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. B

    Michelle who?!?

    March 26, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. ART

    This woman is a joke and an embarrassment

    March 26, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    As hilarious as this thing is, I'm on the fence about her getting caught. Between her and Palin, they provide me with constant amusement.

    March 26, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Flush her down the toilet of history .

    March 26, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. akash

    do you know that she is also a citizen of switzerland apart from being a us citizen and that swiss is that country of world that does not reveal bank details!

    March 26, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Ari for Peace

    Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life"...

    When will people realize that talking about pro-life 5% of the time while making policies 95% that value money over life will destroy all the life?

    March 26, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Just another set of Neiman Marcus gowns, shoes, jewelry and for that special someone in her life, a bejeweled tiara, all paid for by GOP donations.

    Marcus is auditioning for DWTS.

    March 26, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. KeepingitReal

    Well who is paying for SS for George Bush? That's what I thought!! Next!

    March 26, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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