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Des Moines Register: Bachmann, Paul may have violated federal election laws

Des Moines Register | Oct. 4, 2013

Report that led to Kent Sorenson's resignation suggests both presidential candidates may have infractions

The lengthy report implicating now-resigned Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson in possible ethics violations and felonious misconduct also suggests campaign finance law violations by two Republican candidates for president in 2012.

The report from Mark Weinhardt, a Des Moines lawyer serving as independent counsel to the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee, finds evidence that a top staffer in former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign attempted to pay Sorenson to join the campaign in a manner that may violate several federal election laws.

It also shows a political action committee run by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann may have violated federal law by paying Sorenson for work he did on her presidential campaign.


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