The Daily Beast has learned that federal investigators are now interviewing former Bachmann campaign staffers nationwide about alleged intentional campaign-finance violations. The investigators are working on behalf of the Office of Congressional Ethics, which probes reported improprieties by House members and their staffs and then can refer cases to the House Ethics Committee.
“I have been interviewed by investigators,” says Peter Waldron, a former Bachmann staffer who’s embroiled in his own fight with his former boss, involving his allegations of pay-to-play politics and improper payments by the campaign—making him one of several members of Bachmann’s inner circle who’ve fallen out with the woman they once hoped would become commander in chief. While he was careful to avoid specifics in regard to the investigating body, Waldron said that “investigators came [and] interviewed me and are interviewing other staff members across the country.”
Two other former staffers confirmed the existence of the investigation this weekend, and on Monday Bachmann’s campaign counsel, William McGinley, of the high-powered firm Patton Boggs, confirmed that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) was looking into the congresswoman’s presidential campaign last year.
The country was shocked this morning when Michele Bachmann released a statement saying she had walked in on her husband Marcus cheating on her with another woman. “Last night, I witnessed my wonderful husband Marcus engaging in sexual relations with a female member of my campaign staff,” read the statement. “He admitted to me that he’s been having an affair with this woman for the past 3 months.
Yes, this is tacky and unsubstantial to the way the woman should execute her oath of office, but….
- This made a ripple and not much more in the press, while Weinergate wouldn’t end soon enough.
- What are the national media’s rules about covering infidelity when it involves Members of Congress?
- What is the combination of gender in the relationship and which party betrayed the vow of the marriage that gets more coverage?
- Assuming that bigots are defeated, how would the national press cover these kinds of stories when a member of congress has a partner of the same sex?
- Considering that Bachmann is a theocrat and this is the kind of restraint and judgment Marcus Bachmann has, what could Marcus Bachmann foist on the nation if this is essentially swept under the rug by a national media which has allowed false equivalency to be part of it’s professional norm of objectivity?
We cannot forget that in the midst of this executive order there is a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate," she said. "The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company. The drug company gave thousands of dollars in political donations to the governor, and this is just flat-out wrong."
“The company was Merck, and it was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them,” Perry responded. “I raise about $30 million. And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.”
"Well, I’m offended for all the little girls and the parents that didn’t have a choice," Bachmann retorted.
For her part, Bachmann has raised about $146,400 from the pharmaceutical industry over her career in federal politics. This ranks the pharmaceutical and health products industry as her No. 15 career campaign contributor, according to the Center’s research. None of that money has come from Merck, the maker of the Gardasil HPV vaccine. And so far during her 2012 presidential bid, Bachmann has raised $10,200 from the pharmaceutical industry, according to the Center’s research.
Did you get that, Holy Rollers? Bachmann is a hypocrite.
I’ll tell you what is offensive, Mrs. Bachmann: I’m offended by the notion that all of the concerned parents that you allege to represent would give a damn about any other daughter besides their own. To start off, it’s a flip of a coin that your acolytes truly do know better than their children versus being controlling and suppressive parents. What I’m surer about is that as religious as they are, your acolytes do piss little for daughters who are not their own.
You and your acolytes, Mrs. Bachmann, refuse to see that juveniles and anyone who does have sex can and will have sex for the wrong reasons — some of these people will be in your congregations and parishes; most will not, they will be far from you physically and be untouched by your saccharine concern. Few of you and yours have the character and the commitment to make a lasting positive difference in their lives because you are more religious than spiritual. These acts can lead to sexual transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies — these are situations that one cannot pray away. You and yours cannot force the people who find themselves infected and pregnant to be prayerful about the misfortune they have brought upon themselves. You and your acolytes don’t stop there: all of you want to address this situation as theocrats, not citizens.
It is offensive that you, Mrs. Bachmann, would penalize a young girl for not being chaste with leaving her vulnerable to a cancer that could leave her sterile if it doesn’t kill her because you put personal religious convictions ahead of your oath of office. Maybe you’re sore that you didn’t get any of that Merck money. I’m glad I don’t live in Iran where clerics actually make laws, I’m glad that I’m not subjected to the tyrannies of Taliban that want to impose Sharia law on me and this nation would rue the day that it forgets its roots, it’s patrimony and chooses to elect the likes of you, a theocrat, to any constitutional office in any jurisdiction again.