Bachmann Campaign Facing Congressional Ethics Probe
Just the latest trouble for former presidential candidate
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
Updated Mar 25, 2013 2:44 PM CDT
In this Aug. 26, 2012 file photo, Rep Michele Bachman, R-Minn. speaks in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign is being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Daily Beast reports in a piece comparing Bachmann to the Hindenburg and the Titanic. Federal investigators are looking into alleged campaign finance improprieties, and several former campaign staffers acknowledge they've been interviewed. The allegations of improper funds transfers and payments specifically relate to Guy Short, the campaign's national political director, and Kent Sorenson, the Iowa campaign chairman who jumped ship and joined up with Ron Paul.

Bachmann's campaign counsel notes, "There are no allegations that the Congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing." Questions about Bachmann specifically have been focused on what she knew and when, former staffers say. It's just the latest in a series of problems for Bachmann—as John Avlon puts it, lawsuits have been "the only lasting legacy" of her campaign. He runs them down: There's one involving an allegedly stolen email list of Christian homeschoolers, and other complaints involving staffers who say they were never paid. Avlon also gets some fun quotes from disenchanted former Bachmann staffers. Sample: "She’s the Republican Dennis Kucinich." Click for more.

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Mar 26, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
No matter how much of a celebrity you are, or big ceo, there seems to be no kind of power like the power of a politician. All of the above mentioned look to these people in congress for favors no matter what it is. Politics is truly the most corrupt organization that we have, yet we are so big as a nation, there is no way to live without it. Sorry if it sounds a little depressing.
Mar 26, 2013 10:51 AM CDT
Not a surpise given that she's married to a man with the ridiculous notion that it's his duty to try to turn gay people straight. This is one confused, desperate couple willing to do whatever it takes to bring attention to themselves. Reminds me of the Palins......pathetic.
Mar 26, 2013 9:12 AM CDT
I'm sure glad I wasn't working on her campaign, I'd still be waiting for my paycheck. She's a piece of work, alright.