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May 1st, 2013

Sorenson Releases Documents, Maintains Claim of Innocence Ahead of Ethics Hearing

State Senator Kent Sorenson released a slew of documentation he says supports his claim of innocence regarding ethics charges filed against him by a former colleague on the Michele Bachmann presidential campaign. The Iowa Senate Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon at 1 pm to discuss the charges.

Former Bachmann campaign staffer Peter Waldron filed ethics charges against Sorenson claiming the state senator was paid through a third party for his work on the campaign. It is a violation of senate rules to be paid by a presidential campaign. Andy Parrish, the former chief of staff for Congresswoman Bachmann and a staffer on the presidential campaign, swore in an affidavit that Sorenson was paid via a third party and Parrish says he arranged those payments.

Waldron also alleges Sorenson was involved in the theft of a database of contact information for Iowa homeschooling families that was on the computer of Bachmann campaign staffer Barb Heki. In the documents released this morning, Bachmann campaign staffer Chris Dorr claims he had open access to Heki’s computer.

Dorr also claims Heki, a board member for NICHE, a Christian homeschooling organization, would use the list to provide contacts for the campaign. Use of the list for political purposes was forbidden by NICHE and violated laws governing non-profits. Chris Dorr is working as Senator Sorenson’s clerk during the 2013 Iowa legislative session.

Below is Sorenson’s affidavit, as well as those provided by Bachmann campaign staffers Tony Eastman, Wes Enos and Chris Dorr. There is also an affidavit from Cherie Johnson, an attorney, who claims to have reviewed Sorenson’s Wells Fargo bank account statements and they show no payments from the Bachmann campaign, PAC or the alleged third party, C&M Strategies.


Tony Eastman affidavit

Chris Dorr affidavit

Wes Enos affidavit

Cherie Johnson affidavit

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