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

    If they reach the conclusion that there was fraud, do what's right. Prosecute this person, as if she were the common person on the street. Just because she's mentally and emotionally challenged makes no difference. If she wants to talk the talk, then walk the walk. Make an example of her. She deserves whatever gets doled out.

    March 25, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Chris

    Send the nut job to jail.

    March 25, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Boo

    I love it when their own bad karma gets them....

    March 25, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. PJ

    Please, stop! I'm laughing so hard it hurts. How will she double-talk her way out of this one? How about
    investigating her outlandish accusations against the President, or her tax monies for her farm, or her
    "earmarks" for some road in her District. Long list of fun things to do.

    March 25, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. James Bond

    Let the games begin

    March 25, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Do the investigation, If she's guilty of any impropriety, she should pay the consequences.

    March 25, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. hypatia

    Bachmann? Ethics? Bwahaaaahaa

    March 25, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. James Bond

    How does someone who looks sooooo crazy get elected?

    March 25, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. James Bond

    she should just plead insanity, id buy that, maybe give them a cover shot pose

    March 25, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. JLM

    I really can't see Bachmann being truthful about anything. She is so delusional and out of touch with reality, that she would be able to rationalize any form of cheating or fraud I would suspect. God made her do it no doubt. Seriously a nut job – but she should have to pay the penalty for the office she serves and any fraud she committed.

    March 25, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Michael

    Sounds like she 'literally' broke the law.

    March 25, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Bill

    Sanction her, remove her from Congress and send her back to La-La land. This woman is a plague.

    March 25, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. DeltaForce1st

    What??? I did absolutely NOTHING wrong! This is just a witch hunt dreamed up by our Kenyan communist madrasa president who wants to make me look stupid because of the fallacious claims that I make that have no basis in truth.
    I categorically deny any and all wrong doing in my whole life ever times two, cross my fingers and hope to die pinky swear. And if any wrong doing occurred, it was some low level moron in my campaign that did it and they will be hung out to dry or my name isn't MaChelle Back Man...

    March 25, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Could this be a warning shot across the bow? "Stop talking that crazy talk, Michelle. We're trying to build a new image."

    March 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. yane

    she is a racist nut.......who made her fortune on all the tax payers dime..............foster care, medicaid for the family clinic, farm subsidies, being in congress...ummm?

    March 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Wake up People!

    I see this one a mile away. This will end up just like the representative from Michigan whose campaign was caught forging signatures. Out of 1800, I think 400 were legit. This happened right around election time. Three or four workers were prosecuted and given slaps on the wrist and the representative was cleared of all charges.

    That's what happens when your governor and attorney general are members of the GOP.

    Now if only they would tell the real story about the attempted voter fraud in the 2012 election, but that will never happen because it will show the public that Willard lost by an even larger percentage.

    March 25, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann will make a plea of innocent by reason of INSANITY!

    March 25, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Aw geez, Swiss Miss is in trouble? Was her campaign in need of corrective therapy?

    March 25, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. chilly g

    this lady is bad for the country because she make false claims against americans citizen for personal gain. she is bad,
    and i hope she is serve justing.

    March 25, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Wonder if the money went to Marcus' clinic?

    March 25, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. 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.

    March 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. BeeVee

    She'll just blame it on the "liberal media."

    March 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....and do you know why Rush Limbaugh doesn't have guest in his show? Because he's a Blowhard who can't debate the issue

    Hey crazy MOOchelle Bachmann, you still worried about President Obama imaginary dog walker and the imaginary guys that hooks up the WH projector and the imaginary white house gazillion chefs!!

    MOOchelle Bachmann must be's time for her to get some shock therapy gay treatment from little ms. Marcus Bachmann! Lol

    March 25, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine


    She'll just blame it on the "liberal media."
    "Liberal media" in Concord NH or Concord MA? Can she get it right this time? Looks like America's $1million dollar plus investment in Bachmann's education could go up in smoke, and it's due to the worship of the Golden Calf, the Rightie's real God. Greed, ignorance and stupidity, all in one vapid package.

    March 25, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. James Bond

    More republican politicians, thats what we need

    March 25, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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