Bachmann Staffer to Admit Breaking the Law

Another interesting development in the multiple investigations of campaign law violations by Michele Bachmann. In an Iowa Senate probe, her former chief of staff is going to admit that the campaign illegally paid a state senator by funneling it through a third party, a pretty serious violation.

GOP operative Andy Parrish, a former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, is expected to tell an Iowa Senate ­ethics panel that her 2012 presidential campaign made improper payments to its state chairman.

Having maintained a public silence so far, Parrish referred questions Wednesday to his attorney, John Gil­more, who said his client will corroborate allegations from another former Bachmann aide, Peter Waldron.

Waldron, a Florida pastor, claims that the campaign hid payments to Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson, in violation of Iowa Senate ethics rules that bar members from receiving pay from presidential campaigns…

Until now, Parrish has been identified by the committee only as “Witness A,” Gilmore said.

“The time has come to confirm that ‘Witness A’ is Andy Parrish, and he’ll be providing an affidavit with supporting material that completely supports the representations previously made by Peter Waldron,” Gilmore said.

Bear in mind that Waldron has made several other allegations of wrongdoing that are now being investigated by both the Federal Elections Commission and a Congressional ethics panel. The fact that Parrish is now admitting that these allegations are true lends credence to the others and builds Waldron’s credibility.

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  • TGAP Dad

    So, he’s the fall guy then? Just like with Oliver North or Lynndie England, he will serve as the firewall against the congresswoman.

  • slc1

    Re TGAP @ #1

    Depends on whether they have agreed to testify against Bachmann as part of a plea bargain agreement.

  • @TGAP Dad:

    Maybe yes, maybe no. The Ethics panels (both Iowa, and the U.S. House) and the FEC may not have any real enforcement powers–the IRS and the U.S. Attorney, however, do. If there is an ethics violation, the state and House offices of ethics can limit their actions to “tsk, tsk, naughty congresscritter”. If, otoh, there are violations of federal statutes it’s up to the U.S. Attorney to make a decision about prosecution. If there’s been financial fraud–especially if it involves unpaid taxes, the IRS will almost certainly want to look into it.

  • Trebuchet

    So, he’s the fall guy then? Just like with Oliver North or Lynndie England, he will serve as the firewall against the congresswoman.

    Or Scooter Libby, without whose taking the fall Dick Cheney would be impeached and in prison, where he belongs.

  • TGAP Dad


    What the post describes is concealing a contribution through a series of transactions, which the Feds would call “money laundering.” Now the USA may choose not to prosecute for any number of legitimate reasons, but it is still a crime.

  • grumpyoldfart

    My prediction: The blame will roll all the way down to the clerk in charge of petty cash and they’ll satisfy themselves with a promise to be more careful in the future.

  • Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    …if he’s “going to admit it,” hasn’t he already admitted it?

  • @5:

    TGAP, Dad; at this time it appears that the Iowa state senate and the FEC are involved in investigations re: the Bachman campaign. If the IRS, FBI or MN state LE agencies are involved it’s not stated (or I missed it). In any event, I think that this:

    “Waldron, for his part, said Parrish’s willingness to come forward “reflects impeccable character and a sense of civic duty that is extraordinary.”

    must have sent out an EMP* that blew out irony meters in a 1000 Kilometer (or, 70 mile) radius.

    * Electioneering Manipulation Pulse