Another Republican Under Investigation

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Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#1 Mar 26, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS!!!!:)

WASHINGTON — Representative Michelle Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, is the subject of an ethics investigation examining allegations of wrongdoing that emerged in the aftermath of her failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, a lawyer for the lawmaker confirmed Monday.

The inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics — a quasi-independent agency that acts like a grand jury to address allegations of wrongdoing by House lawmakers and their staff — follows claims by her former campaign aides that Ms. Bachmann may have improperly used money raised by one of her House-affiliated political action committees to assist her presidential efforts in advance of the Iowa presidential caucuses in January 2012.

Peter Waldron, a Florida evangelical organizer who once served as national field coordinator of Ms. Bachmann’s presidential campaign, is among those who raised the accusations, which he also brought to the Federal Election Commission, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in January.

Separately, a former Iowa staff member for Ms. Bachmann has accused her campaign of stealing a database of names and e-mail addresses of Christian home-school families in Iowa, a matter that has reportedly resulted in a criminal complaint in Iowa.

William McGinley, a lawyer at Patton Boggs, a prominent Washington firm, said on Monday in a statement that an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics is underway, as had first been reported by The Daily Beast. But Mr. McGinley said he is confident it will be concluded without any findings against Ms. Bachmann.

“There are no allegations that the congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing,” Mr. McGinley said in his statement, adding that he and Ms. Bachmann are “constructively engaged” with the investigators on the Office of Congressional Ethics, as he is convinced it “will conclude that Congresswoman Bachmann did not do anything inappropriate.”

At a minimum, the Congressional Ethics inquiry demonstrates the messy aftermath of Ms. Bachmann’s failed presidential bid. She has been the subject of continued disputes by her former campaign aides that have hurt her reputation among conservatives, particularly in Iowa.

The fact that Congressional Ethics is examining the matter suggests that allegations involve at least someone on her House congressional staff, if not the lawmaker herself. The Office of Congressional Ethics does not have the jurisdiction to look into claims of wrongdoing if they only involve political staff members not on the government payroll; its jurisdiction is limited to the operations of the House of Representatives itself.

Still, the acknowledgment by her attorney that a review by Congressional Ethics is underway does not mean that any charges will be filed. In many cases, allegations are reviewed by the Congressional Ethics staff and then dropped, even before the matter becomes public.

Typically, such investigations only become public after the Congressional Ethics staff has found convincing evidence of wrongdoing and recommended that the House Ethics Committee — which has the power to advocate punishment of lawmakers — looks into a matter.

In Ms. Bachmann’s case, the Ethics Committee has not received a referral, one official on Capitol Hill said Monday, suggesting that Congressional Ethics has not yet concluded if there is probable cause to recommend a formal ethics investigation.

Spokesmen for Congressional Ethics and the House Ethics Committee declined to comment Monday.

Anyone shocked that a Republican would lie? LOL
fedup

Bellevue, WA

#2 Mar 26, 2013
why would you even suggest that anybody in our government would tell a lie their all church going people they get elected by telling everybody that their good people. im shocked that anyone would question their love for this country.lol they think we're all a bunch of idiots not knowing or caring whats going on in our government but their fixing to get woke up!
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#3 Mar 26, 2013
Comrade Rove, I know youre reading this. Remember back last year when you were all "gung ho" for Michelle Bachmann? Just like when you were "gung ho" for Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and oh yes, how we were all going to be paying $5 a gallon gas by election night..according to you!
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#4 Mar 26, 2013
and polls, let not forget those fabulous polls you and Pillsbury "DOE BOY" ran your mouths about for months of how Romney was going to blow Obama out of the water!!!!!!

Rasmussen lied to you Comrade Rove. But you wont bash them because they kissed your conservative bleeding heart just to make you feel like the FOOL you really are.

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guest

Steele, MO

#5 Mar 26, 2013
You just can't get over it. Gene get a hobby. You have put that 5 dollar gas thing on practically every post you do. Why that bugs you so much guess no one will know. Get over it already! You are like a broken record over and over and over. No one really cares but YOU. You are just weird.
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#6 Mar 27, 2013
$5 gas before election day "guest"- "truthbetold"- "Comrade Rove"!!!!

Hell,.. you're cheaper than a Beale Street hooker!

3 for the price of one.

$5 gas WOO HOO!!!! YEA BABY!
guest

Steele, MO

#7 Mar 27, 2013
So are you Gene, Comode man, and all the countless names you have to post under trying to make people think there is someone on here agreeing with your slop, when its just you over and over and over. LOL 5 dollar hooker, I doubt you got the price for that.
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#8 Mar 27, 2013
Members of both sides have been caught doing things that they shouldn't do. Hell, I doubt if there is a single politician on either side that is squeaky clean. Even Jesse Jackson's hand got caught in the cookie jar.

The next time you want to jump on the faults of one politician because of his political party, remember the next one that gets caught could come from the other side of the aisle
jesuswasliberal

Fulton, MO

#9 Mar 27, 2013
This one has been tried and convicted...

The former head of the Republican party in Florida will spend the next year and a half in prison after being convicted of stealing more than $125,000 in party funds.

Jim Greer, former head of the Republican party in Florida, was convicted of stealing $125,000 in party funds.

Full story here.
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regio...
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#10 Mar 28, 2013
That Jackson guy has plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing. A couple of years ago there was another Democrat who was caught stealing fund form his own campaign and other places. he had the money wrapped in white butcher's paper in his freezer.

My point was that you shouldn't celebrate things like this because it happens to be someone on the other side of the aisle because the next one who gets caught could be from your side of the aisle.

ANY elected official caught with sticky fingers, regardless of political affiliation, race or gender should be condemned and held up to the scorn of all. They have violated the trust of the people.
jesuswasliberal

Fulton, MO

#12 Mar 29, 2013
It's not always about sticky fingers. Sometimes it's just pure racism.
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#13 Mar 30, 2013
John Doe wrote:
That Jackson guy has plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing. A couple of years ago there was another Democrat who was caught stealing fund form his own campaign and other places. he had the money wrapped in white butcher's paper in his freezer.
My point was that you shouldn't celebrate things like this because it happens to be someone on the other side of the aisle because the next one who gets caught could be from your side of the aisle.
ANY elected official caught with sticky fingers, regardless of political affiliation, race or gender should be condemned and held up to the scorn of all. They have violated the trust of the people.
Only celebrate when its a black guy getting busted according your statement above Pillsbury Doe boy. Now you're not only a attention hore, you're racism finally came out.
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#14 Mar 30, 2013
Jesus,

I'm for ending the so called service of ANY elected official for break the laws or ethics code.

I apologize, seeing as the first post was about potential errant spending by Rep Bachmann I thought that was we were talking about. I hope that the first sentence in this post makes my position clear.

Any elected official who breaks the law or violates the ethics code should be removed for office.
Gene

Caruthersville, MO

#15 Mar 31, 2013
Oh your clear Pillsbury. You are clearly a two faced back stabbing troll who never answers any question, and sides when the talk or should I say "name calling" is cheap and insulting when its toward me, catfish, alumni, and a few others.

You're not fooling me or any of those others I mentioned I dont think. Just maybe yourself and your buddy Dougy!
John Doe

Sikeston, MO

#16 Mar 31, 2013
Hey Gene, I want to make your day. Seeing as you aren't happy unless you can yell someone is racist, here you go. Yell I am racist. Black

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