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    Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for alleged misuse of campaign funds, her attorney confirmed Monday.



    The probe was first reported by the Daily Beast. An OCE investigation is a preliminary probe; the office can either dismiss a case or recommend a full House Ethics Committee investigation. The OCE is a non-partisan, independent entity governed by an eight-person board made up of private citizens chosen by the House Speaker and minority leader. There is a 30-day preliminary review; if members decide there is reasonable cause to believe the allegations, a 45-day further review follows. Four members can vote to refer a matter to the Ethics Committee, and four members can vote to terminate a probe. The office does not have subpoena power.

    Peter Waldron, who served as Bachmannís national field coordinator in the 2012 presidential race, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the lawmakerís campaign improperly used leadership PAC funds to pay presidential campaign staff. Consultant Guy Short, he alleges, was paid with MichelePAC funds. He also charges that payments to Bachmannís Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson, were concealed due to ethics rules that bar legislators from being employed by campaigns. Both Bachmann and Sorenson have denied those allegations

    In January Waldron accused Bachmannís team of not paying Iowa staffers and of attempting to force them to sign non-disclosure agreements that would prohibit them from discussing any immoral, unethical or criminal behavior with the media, the police or an attorney. Woolson says that all staffers were paid in full.....snip~

    Michele Bachmann faces congressional ethics probe


    Looks like they may have Bachmann and may take it the full route thru the Ethics Committee. Wonder what this Waldron guy has against her as this isn't the first time he has brought stuff out on her. Thoughts?

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Good. I'm Republican and think she's crazy.

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    Good. I'm Republican and think she's crazy.
    Yeah, I am too.....and I would have to agree with you. Although she was been Right on a couple of issues. It doesn't make up for most of what comes out of her mouth. Nor would I use her as one of the Republican Women we have to be any type of spokesperson for the party.

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    So she'll end up like Charlie Rangel?

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    So because people disagree with her or don't like her, that means she did something wrong? Right, am I reading the previous posters correctly? She's crazy so obviously it follows that she's a crook, right?
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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So because people disagree with her or don't like her, that means she did something wrong? Right, am I reading the previous posters correctly? She's crazy so obviously it follows that she's a crook, right?
    Maxine Waters is crazy and she and her husband are believed to be crooks, so it's possibly a congressional trend. Although the good folks on the Congressional Ethics Committee (hard to write that without laughing) ruled that Maxine did no wrong.

    What's wrong in normal, everyday America is not necessarily wrong in Congress.

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So because people disagree with her or don't like her, that means she did something wrong? Right, am I reading the previous posters correctly? She's crazy so obviously it follows that she's a crook, right?
    No, they are saying she may have ethics violations if she misused election funds the way it looks like she did. She is crazy all on her own and no one is investigating her all too important delusions and hallucinations. She is perfectly capable of being crazy since it bothers you, it is just that the other congresspeople don't want her stealing more money than they do.

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Isnt this committee essentially a grand jury to an actual investigation? Not sure, honestly asking.

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So because people disagree with her or don't like her, that means she did something wrong? Right, am I reading the previous posters correctly? She's crazy so obviously it follows that she's a crook, right?
    Well, there is more than just Waldron.

    Bachmann’s presidential campaign came under fire in 2011 for sending two e-mails to a Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) list, in violation of the group’s non-profit status. Woolson testified in a sworn affidavit that Sorenson took the e-mail list and that Bachmann acknowledged that she was aware of the alleged theft. Bachmann’s campaign said at the time that the use was inadvertent, a characterization Woolson’s testimony appears to contradict. Barb Heki, who worked on Bachmann’s campaign, is suing the congresswoman and former senior aides over the misappropriation of the list, alleging that staffers stole it off her computer and then blamed her when the misuse went public. She has also filed a criminal complaint, which Urbandale police are investigating......snip~

    Bachmann herself admitted that such was an error. Do you think the Demos wont push to have investigated?

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    Re: Michele Bachmann Faces Congressional Ethics Probe.....

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So because people disagree with her or don't like her, that means she did something wrong? Right, am I reading the previous posters correctly? She's crazy so obviously it follows that she's a crook, right?
    Might want to try to read the article.
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