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.