Former Bachmann aide files complaint with FEC alleging illegal payments

By Samantha Kimmey
Friday, January 18, 2013 19:30 EDT
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A former aide for one of the GOP’s 2012 presidential hopefuls, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, reported the Star Tribune.

Peter Waldron alleges that a PAC associated with Bachmann, MichelePAC, used funds to pay a longtime fundraising consultant, Guy Short, who helped start the PAC and was at one point her national political director.

He was paid while others agreed to go without their checks at the end of 2011 — including Waldron, who says he and others are still owed money by the campaign.

“They can’t pay a PAC employee to function as a senior staff member in a supervisory role in a presidential campaign,” Waldron has said.

It also claims Bachmann paid state senator and chair of her Iowa campaign, Kent Sorenson, $7,500 per month, although Waldron says Iowa stipulates that the senator can’t be paid for presidential campaign work.

An attorney for the Minnesota representative denies the allegations, reported TwinCities.com.

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