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June 28th, 2013

Heki Lawsuit Against Bachmann, Sorenson is Settled

A lawsuit filed by former Michele Bachmann presidential campaign staffer Barb Heki against the congresswoman, Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson and others involved with the campaign has been dismissed with prejudice, according to court documents filed on Friday. That means the case is permanently concluded.

Heki and her attorney, Jeff Wright, would not comment on the case, not even to say if they were happy or not with the outcome. Their silence means that whatever settlement was reached between the two sides included a confidentiality agreement.

Barb Heki and her husband, Rich, filed the suit against Congresswoman Bachmann, Senator Sorenson and others in response to the fallout of a database of homeschooling families’ contact information that was illegally used by the Bachmann campaign. The database was on Heki’s personal computer. She claims Sorenson, who was the Iowa chairman for the presidential campaign at the time, accessed the on her computer and downloaded it.

The campaign then sent two emails to the homeschooling contacts. Heki was a board member for the Network of Iowa Christian Homeschooling Educators (NICHE), at the time. Due to that status, she received the brunt of the public backlash against the Bachmann campaign after they illegally used the database. Heki and her husband were dismissed from the NICHE board shortly after the incident.

Barb Heki says Michele Bachmann told her, on the day the campaign concluded, that Kent Sorenson had taken the information from Heki’s computer. Eric Woolson, who was the state director of the Bachmann campaign, signed a sworn affidavit stating that Sorenson admitted to taking part in the alleged theft.

Although the lawsuit has concluded, the alleged theft of the database from Heki’s computer is still being investigated by the Urbandale Police Department. An Iowa Senate Ethics Committee investigation is also ongoing. The FBI, FEC and Office of Congressional Ethics are also looking into the Bachmann campaign’s financial dealings, including alleged payments made to Sen. Kent Sorenson.

“It’s dismissed. That should tell you all you need to know,” said Sorenson’s attorney Theodore Sporer. “I’m kind of limited about what I can say, because of the settlement agreement.”

We are awaiting a statement from Michele Bachmann or her attorney.

You can view the court filing below:

Dismissal with Prejudice 06.28.13 (file-stamped) (00379586)

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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