Waldron Alleges Bachmann Violated Campaign Laws

Peter Waldron, who worked for the Michele Bachmann presidential campaign in Iowa, continues to lob allegations of wrongdoing. Now he’s alleging that Bachmann violated campaign finance laws — and he’s actually filed an FEC complaint over those alleged violations.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint was filed Tuesday by Peter Waldron, a widely known evangelist enlisted by the Bachmann campaign for outreach to Christian conservatives. The filing follows his allegations last week that the Bachmann campaign has withheld payments to staffers who refused to sign confidentiality agreements.

Waldron, formerly Bachmann’s national field coordinator, is accusing the campaign of improperly dipping into money from MichelePAC to pay longtime fundraising consultant Guy Short for presidential campaign work he performed in the critical final weeks ahead of Iowa’s caucuses last year.

Waldron also alleges that the campaign concealed payments to Iowa state campaign chairman Kent Sorenson, a state senator who abruptly left the Bachmann camp to join then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s insurgent campaign. Under Iowa Senate rules, Waldron maintains, Sorenson could not perform paid work for a presidential campaign…

Waldron’s FEC filing also alleges that Sorenson was paid $7,500 a month via Short’s company out of the proceeds from the PAC, an arrangement set up to get around rules prohibiting him from getting direct campaign payments.

“It was a veiled effort to cloak the payments,” Waldron said.

That will surely prompt an investigation, which will be very interesting to watch.

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  • Reginald Selkirk

    Hell hath no fury like a wingnut scorned.

  • thebookofdave

    Wingnut-on-wingnut organized crime miniseries! More popcorn, please.

  • MikeMa

    It is interesting that MB did not recognize the ‘wingnut scorned’ mentality in her fellow traveler. She clearly should have anticipated that paying the loon would be better than having him squawk. Now the genie is out and even if she paid him, the story has its own momentum. Another clear indication of MB’s inability to think, formulate and plan.

  • machintelligence

    I believe he is now what is known as a disgruntled former empioyee..

  • Larry

    Hell hath no fury like a wingnut scornedunpaid.


  • Alverant

    I wonder how long before she starts whining about persecution and how the big bad justice system is out to get her.

  • ArtK

    There is no honor among thieves.

  • anubisprime

    Waldron is seemingly wobbling on a very fine line, cos why is it only now that these ‘revelations’ are being aired?

    If it was happening as suggested then Waldron must have been complicit in it at the time otherwise how would he be aware of the shenanigans he documents?

    Who in the camp would leak such ‘secret’ manipulation to Waldron and what is more why?

    It seems it comes directly from his quarter.

    Seems ‘fair weather friends and cronies’ as an adage springs to mind.

    Never trust an xtian is another!

    Does anyone get a sense of gamesmanship swirling in the background…it might get really interesting if suddenly such allegations are withdrawn mysteriously and completely and whitewashed as a miscommunication!!

    I suspect someone wants something and a little arm twisting and brinkmanship has entered the tooling cupboard.

  • John Hinkle

    The problem is, even if she suffers severe repercussions from this, her constituents are still willing to elect someone like her.

  • raven

    Hell hath no fury like a wingnut fundie who didn’t get his money!!!

    According to some commenters and the media, Bachmann didn’t pay some of her campaign people such as Waldron.

    The fundies say they are in it to save your soul but they always seem very interested in the huge amounts of money they can make. I’m sure Bachmann herself has done very well, seemingly while being devoid of anything normal people would call talents or virtues.

  • tsig

    I’m glad he’s motivated by the highest and purest of motives, a paycheck.

  • fastlane

    If this keeps up, I’m gonna overdose on popcorn.