FBI Enters Investigation into Corruption Probe of Tea Party Leader Michele Bachmann

Late last week, the Minneapolis Post and other outlets reported that the FBI has now joined the investigation into alleged corrupt activities by Tea Party Caucus Chairperson Michele Bachmann during her failed presidential campaign last year:

The FBI joins the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Federal Elections Commission and an Iowa state Senate ethics committee in probing whether Bachmann’s presidential campaign paid an Iowa state senator from her MichelePAC, a fund that should not have been used for campaign expenses, and whether the state senator stole the email list of an Iowa home-school group from another Bachmann staffer, Barbara Hekki, prior to the Iowa caucuses in January, 2012.

Andy Parrish, former Bachmann chief of staff and one of the directors of Bachmann’s Iowa GOP presidential campaign, will be interviewed by the FBI, according to his attorney, John Gilmore.

“I can confirm that Andy Parrish has been contacted by the FBI for a scheduled interview next week,” Gilmore said. “He will cooperate fully.”

Parrish has filed an affidavit with the Iowa ethics committee stating that state Sen. Kent Sorenson was paid for his work on the Bachmann presidential campaign through a fundraising firm that had ties to MichelePAC.

This new development has received scant coverage this week because the media has been focused on the aftermath of the tornadoes that devastated the Oklahoma City suburbs on Sunday morning as well as the Washington political controversies involving the IRS, the Associated Press and talking points developed in the aftermath of the attack on a CIA station in Benghazi last September.

See also: Chootzpah: Mired in Scandal, Rep. Bachmann Re-Launches Tea Party Caucus.


  • May 23, 2013 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    However, the timing of this will allow her to say she’s being unfairly targeted because she’s a tea bagger.

  • May 23, 2013 - 11:00 am | Permalink

    And that might work but the fact is that all her accusers are Republicans. Not that facts matter, of course.

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  • May 24, 2013 - 4:53 am | Permalink

    I for one would love to see her leave politics forever!

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