ETHICS COMPLAINT: Bachmann Investigation
An ethics investigation related to Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign is underway.
The Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into allegations that Bachmann improperly used money from a congressional political action committee to help boost her efforts in the run-up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.
A former Bachmann presidential campaign staffer has filed a complaint that Bachmann used the money to pay campaign aides.
Separately, investigators are looking into claims of concealed payments to Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman at the time, who is a state senator.
Iowa ethics rules forbid legislators from being paid by campaigns.
Though she won the Ames Straw Poll, Bachmann’s presidential run ended after her sixth-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses.