ETHICS COMPLAINT: Bachmann Investigation

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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.

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