Republican Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann has come under suspicion from the Office of Congressional Ethics of unethical campaign spending. Federal investigators are currently interviewing her former campaign staff from her brief presidential campaign in 2012. One of her former staff members, Peter Waldron, filed a complaint accusing the congresswoman’s former campaign staff and super PAC of engaging in “improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann’s presidential campaign, specifically in relation to the campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann’s onetime Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson.” Waldron himself has confirmed that he too has been questioned as part of the investigation. “Investigators came [and]interviewed me and are interviewing other staff members across the country,” he said.
Investigators are also attempting to divine what part, if any, Bachmann herself played in these abuses.
“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,” said Bachmann’s lawyer William McGinley.