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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