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. Jack

    George go get a job you welfare recipient who probably would have criticized government creation of the Internet as wasteful "liberal" spending yet you're using the hell out of it. Also go get a brain and a new personality.

    March 25, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Jack

    George Cook, your mother should have aborted you!!

    March 25, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. The Dude

    Not real bright but kind of good looking. Maybe she can learn a few jailhouse tips from Martha Stewart.

    March 25, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Jinx9to88

    NOOO!!! Say isnt so!!! Wait, its Michelle Backmann, Mrs. I am gonna vote NO for every stimulus package but can i have some of the money when it passes. Good for nothing hypocrite!!!!! I hope she is found guilty, get her out of office.

    March 25, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Jt_flyer

    If she's a crook I'm going to really enjoy every single second of it.

    March 26, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  6. Rich

    So using campaign money to pay a campaign consultant is illegal?

    March 26, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  7. jack 333

    the bright one

    March 26, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. tomasina

    This is good. It provides the precident to closely investigate Obama, Biden, Pelousi, Reed, and others. Want to talk about ethics violations ????

    March 26, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  9. AreYouKidding?

    Big shocker there. "Independent" they say, ROFLMAO!
    Look, I'm certainly no fan of that dingbat Bachmann, but seriously? You Dems really think she poses enough of a threat to you for this kind of pointless, expensive, wasteful behavior? Wow. Paranoid much? You know what would politically benefit you more than this foolishness? Doing something... ANYTHING about your ridiculous spending habits! It's undeniable that you spend more than that idi0t Bush ever did, yet you continue to use his irresponsibility to justify your own! "Well, Bush spent, blah, blah, blah..." . What are you, a bunch of ten-year-olds? Quit stalling! Get your butts in a room with Republicans, show 'em what for, and get our financial issues ironed out. For the sake of your nation, PLEASE grow up and act like the leaders we elected you to be.

    March 26, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  10. Seven gartner

    How this person got elected to ANYTHING beyond mistress of the Ku Klux Klan is beyond me.

    March 26, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. One L

    Wow, if these allegations are true, that would be really surprising, considering Bachmann is a tax attorney

    March 26, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. Too Much

    Good old conservative values! She may not be guilty but facts never stopped Bachmann so I won't let them stop me either....guilty!

    March 26, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  13. cm

    It apears she does has some issue's, just by the way she looks.

    March 26, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  14. Anonymous

    ""wasteful "liberal" spending"", who is talking..!!!! do you facts to support that claim, Backmann is quick with her mouth but never supports her claims with facts.. and here is a fact for you.. the Regan administration raised the debt six times fold, from 620 billion to 3.5 ""trillion"" it was not a liberal agenda then..

    March 26, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. 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.

    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?

    March 26, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. BobPitt

    She is going to look hot on back and white horizontal stripes.. (or is it an orange jumper)

    March 26, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. herb

    Here we go! sooner or later the truth will hunt her, this conservative activist truely practices bending the law to thair advantage. Her Nazi like demeanor has its payback time. The USA wont tolerate this type of conservatist anymore.
    reality has not hit her yet. They will fade into the sunset. What do we know about our politicians?

    March 26, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. DocHollywood

    I would doubt that Bachman did anything wrong intentionally. She's not that bright of a person. It seems lately it's all she can do to walk and chew gum at the same time. And she certainly wouldn't know the truth if it bit her in the butt. Now for the fun.....the conspiracy nuts will come out of the closet once again.

    March 26, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. v2787

    The Minnesota reality-based community really hopes that Bachmann will be found guilty and removed from office ASAP. She's done more than enough harm to our state and to the nation.

    March 26, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. shawn

    oh please oh please oh please let this self righteous nut job do jail time!

    What went wrong in her (and Anne Coulters) upbringing to make them this way, their daddy must be a blast!

    March 26, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. 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. Now she can play the poor picked on me sympathy card and we'll be suprised (I guess I won't) how many i diots will believe her.

    March 26, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  22. blf83

    May she spend the rest of her deranged life in prison – out of sight of the American people who knew she was a nutcase.

    March 26, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  23. Grinning Libber

    They are going to take her away ho ho.. he he ha ha....

    March 26, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. Gary

    It’s very nice that none of the hillbillies can blame liberals for this .. it was one of her own flying monkeys .. ha haa

    March 26, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. michael p fink

    what is the worst the "ethics" committee can do ? Put a letter in her file? I think if the committee did what they were designed to do they would be working 24/7 and I am sure have a lot bigger fish and violations to fry!

    March 26, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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