Michele Bachmann reportedly knew about unethical payments to Iowa senator [UPDATE]

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... and the drumbeat of bad news for Bachmann continues... 
-- Update at bottom; original post from morning of April 19 --

Yesterday, we told you about how Andy Parrish is prepared to throw his old boss under the bus and corroborate allegations that Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign made unethical payments to Iowa Sen. Ken Sorenson.

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At the time, we told you it was unclear to what extent Bachmann herself knew about the payments. After all, it's possible they could've been arranged by a campaign staffer without her knowledge. But a new report indicates that's not the case.

The Des Moines Register, citing a conversation with Parrish's lawyer, John Gilmore, reports that Bachmann knew about the payments all along.

"Andy is prepared to say that Michele Bachmann understood that Sorenson was being paid, the nature of the payment and the source of those funds," Gilmore told the Register.

Gilmore added, however, that it's unclear whether Bachmann knew the payments violated ethics rules. She may not have -- after all, when Sorenson jumped ship and threw his support behind Ron Paul just days before last year's Iowa caucuses, Bachmann said Sorenson bailed because Paul's campaign gave him "a large sum of money." Of course, that would also be a clear violation of Senate ethics rules in Iowa.

It should also be noted that the Iowa Senate ethics panel is investigating Sorenson's conduct, not Bachmann's. Still, if Michele really did know about the rule-violating payments, it's a bad look for somebody who says she never gets anything wrong and prides herself on her moral rectitude.

It's also an interesting revelation in light of Bachmann's well-documented propensity to blame her political and legal troubles on other people, namely, Democrats of national prominence.

:::: UPDATE ::::

According to Andy Parrish's affidavit, Bachmann personally approved the payments to Sorenson but didn't realize they violated Iowa Senate ethics rules.

Here's the entire affidavit:
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16 comments
cruhland
cruhland

I'm really not an MB fan at all, but I don't like it when news outlets shade the truth with headlines. What she did was wrong, but the headline makes it seem like she knew it was unethical from the start. The article says something different.

"According to Andy Parrish's affidavit, Bachmann personally approved the payments to Sorenson but didn't realize they violated Iowa Senate ethics rules." 

The worst sin? Thinking the only way to sell MB stories is to fake out readers. Just give us the facts in the article AND the headline.

A1batross
A1batross

The Bachmanns are just plain-old run-of-the-mill grifters like the Palins, and anybody who can't see that is one of their rubes.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

And for Republicans, ignorance of the law IS an excuse! Good to know.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Parrish spelled "didn't care" wrong.

_Joe_
_Joe_

No, no... it's cool.  God told her to break the law, so it's straight legit.

Nathan David Teegarden
Nathan David Teegarden

Of all the crazy and questionable things she's done, this one seems minor. There are so many better reasons to dislike Bachmann.

Mary Ledingham
Mary Ledingham

Just like all the foster kids she had and collected BIG money from the state for, then she had them go to her husband for therapy and billed the state again. Her farming votes are linked to her profiting from hidden farm subsidies her family had invested in. She rails on about poor people getting food stamps while she and her family have always lived on the gov teat. I wish Minnesota could deport her back to Iowa!!

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Honeslty politics are shady..... Not surprised nor do i really care. so annoying to keep seeing shit about her on my feed. give proof not he said she said BS or move on!

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Nathan David Teegarden   Agreed. It's not as if she'll go to jail for this. It's just something that makes her look bad. This isn't the first story from her former staffers that puts her in a bad light. There will be more, but that alone will not bring her down.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@Trevor Ludwig   Parrish's testimony will be the proof. Did you read the article?

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