There are now five different investigations or legal proceedings looking into Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson (R-Milo), his compensation for serving as the state chairman for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign and/or the alleged theft of a database of homeschoolers that was illegally used by the campaign. The Office of Congressional Ethics is the latest to join fray, according to The Daily Beast.
The OCE probes alleged improprieties by U.S. House members and their staffs. They are investigating the methods in which the Bachmann campaign paid Sorenson. Former Bachmann staffer Peter Waldron has filed complaints with the FEC and the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee, claiming the payments were improper.
“There are no allegations that the Congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing,” Bachmann attorney William McGinley told The Daily Beast. “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.”
The Iowa Senate Ethics Committee’s investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Sorenson is “in limbo” until they receive more information. Urbandale Police continue to investigate the alleged theft of a NICHE contact list from the computer of former Bachmann staffer Barb Heki. She has filed a lawsuit against Bachmann, Sorenson and several other high level staffers involved in the Minnesota congresswoman’s 2012 presidential campaign. That case is also ongoing.
Eric Woolson, another former Bachmann campaign staffer, testifies in a sworn affidavit that Sorenson admitted to taking the list off Heki’s computer. Heki alleges that Bachmann told her, on the final day of the campaign, that Sorenson took the list. Senator Sorenson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Peter Waldron, who helped the Bachmann campaign with evangelical outreach, has spoken with investigators in each of the five cases. Waldron hopes someone who is involved in this seemingly endless saga will step forward and tell the truth.
“The Bible says that any evil done in darkness will be exposed in the light,” Waldron told TheIowaRepublican.com. “The multiple investigations into the conduct of Kent Sorenson, Guy Short, and U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann during the 2012 Presidential campaign are good for the political process because it tests our collective resolve to improve the American system for choosing our leaders in civil government. Integrity must be paramount. I pray that someone steps out from behind the cover of lawyers and admits to his or her alleged mistake, apologize, and accept the consequences, if any, for an error of judgment.”
The Daily Beast’s article relied heavily on reporting from TheIowaRepublican.com and links three items that were first reported by TIR in their story published on Monday.
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