Posted by: maboulette | April 5, 2017

Where Did $1 Million Go? Ask Michele Bachmann


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Former Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann may no longer grab headlines for her wacky floor speeches, but that doesn’t mean federal elections officials have forgotten about her — or the more than $1 million in campaign cash they say is now mysteriously missing.

SHOW US THE MONEY

According to a notice from the Federal Elections Commission, it seem that while auditing Bachmann’s congressional campaign committee, federal officials noticed that the ex-House member’s 2012 campaign went from having over $1.7 million on hand in October 2016 to reporting only $2,619 in December 2016. The letter was first reported by the Center for Public Integrity’s Carrie Levin. According to Levin, Bachmann’s committee treasurer claimed on Monday that the more than $1 million missing is only a divergence due to a “mistake in using the filing software.”

NOT THE FIRST TIME

But this is hardly the first time Bachmann has come under extreme examination over her use of campaign money.

3 INVESTIGATIONS

During her short-lived 2012 presidential run, Bachmann came under investigation by the Federal Election Commission, House Ethics Committee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for violating campaign finance laws. Bachmann was even under investigation by the Urbandale, Iowa, police department for the theft of an email list, according to the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

BROKE FUNDRAISING RECORDS

After Bachmann broke fundraising records for her 2010 re-election campaign, including amassing a whopping and unprecedented $5.4 million in a 3-month period, the FEC asked her campaign’s treasurer to itemize nearly $1.5 million in individual donations for that election cycle’s most expensive House race.

PROBLEMS NEVER STOPPED

Of course, having her own problems with spending and reporting campaign cash never stopped Bachmann from falsely accusing former House speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of “sticking the taxpayer with her $100,000 bar tab for alcohol on the military jets that she’s flying.”

BRUSHES WITH ETHICS

Bachmann’s brushes with campaign finance authorities may not be the only cause of disinclination to believe her excuse that the missing million dollars is a simple accounting error. Just last week, the “pray away the gay” clinic run by her husband, Marcus Bachmann, was hit with major violations by Minnesota health inspectors. In early February, state investigators reviewed 10 client records and found that all of them had failed to comply with state rules directing clinics to retain information about its clients’ developmental conditions. According to Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the clinic was cited for similar violations in 2005 and 2009.

DEFENDS HER HUSBAND

Bachmann, however, defended her husband’s infamous camp that offers gay conversion therapy and claimed he was guilty of making only “minor clerical errors.” 

FOREIGN POLICY ADVISER

The Tea Party firebrand, who claimed to be a foreign policy adviser to President Trump during his presidential campaign, argued his presidency would finally end the “evil” gay agenda that the State Department had pushed in other countries.

 

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