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The attacks begin: FCC Opens New Investigation into Ron Paul 2012 Campaign, Sorenson Payoff

The Federal Elections Commission has launched a new investigation into the allegations that Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign offered a bribe to Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson. Five days before the Iowa Caucus, Sorenson departed Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign and endorsed Ron Paul. Allegations that he received substantial financial payments to do so eventually played a role in Sorenson being forced to resign from the Iowa Senate.

The new FEC complaint was made by former Bachmann campaign staffer Peter Waldron, who also filed complaints against Sorenson with the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee.

Waldron alleges that the Paul campaign, “its operatives, and third parties conspired to pay a bribe” to Sorenson “to betray” Bachmann and publicly endorse Ron Paul.

Waldron names several people involved in the Paul campaign, directly or indirectly, among those having knowledge of the alleged bribe. They are listed below as they appear in the complaint. PFP 2012 stands for Paul for President 2012:

Jesse Benton, Campaign Chairman, PFP 2012

John Tate, National Campaign Manager

Dimitri Kesari, Deputy National Campaign Manager, PFP 2012

Jedd Coburn, National Communications Director, PFP 2012

Drew Ivers, Iowa Campaign Chairman, PFP 2012

Kevin Wolfswinkel, PFP 2012, Chairperson for Iowa Conservatives Fund PAC

Jesse Benton is now running Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign. Kesari is also believed to have worked, or is working, for the McConnell campaign. John Tate is the president of Campaign for Liberty, the grassroots organization formed by Ron Paul.

Among the Iowans included in the complaint that Waldron claims had knowledge of the alleged bribe include Drew Ivers, a close confidant of former Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker, whose tenure ended two days ago. Spiker appointed Ivers to serve as finance chairman of RPI.

Kevin Wolfswinkel is a candidate for the Iowa House in District 1, a seat in northwest Iowa.

Waldron also alleges that others involved with Bachmann’s campaign and the Iowa Gun Owners organization “were aware or participated in the payment of the bribe”. They include Chris Dorr, Aaron Dorr, Paul Dorr and Wes Enos.

Chris Dorr was Kent Sorenson’s legislative clerk and a Bachmann campaign staffer. Aaron Dorr is the leader of Iowa Gun Owners. Paul Dorr was an advisor to Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign. Wes Enos was a former Bachmann campaign staffer and Republican State Central Committee member. He is now a consultant for Robert Cramer’s congressional campaign.

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♫♪ Are sleeping? Are you sleeping... FCC? ♫♪

"John Stewart on media bias and neglect over presidential candidate Ron Paul," Top Tier Presidential Race, 2012. 4 minute political newsreel of comic-tragedy.

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Change the title of this article... inaccurate!

Waldron is crying/complaining ...again... to the FCC... and the FCC is required to respond to his complaint... again!

The best defense for your own corruption, dear GOP bosses, is to attack others for alledged corruption! Just call everyone else liars... maybe more people will fall for the soap opera this time!

Ron Paul 2016!

Get used to it!

of all the fraud in 2012

Of all the fraudulent activity in the 2012 gop primary, this is what they investigate? You're kidding me, right? We have video evidence of so much worse than this.

FCC? Ignore this???! What investigation? I see no investigation!

"This Time We Know" by Jerry Day. Created for Daily Paul.

Jerry Day, Jerry Day Media & I, Mark Twain consulted directly in 2012 & this Ron Paul video expresses his immediate reaction on camera! 1 minute presidential election exposé on media bias perpetrated against Ron Paul, 2012.

Your intrepid reporter, Mark Twain

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Didn't anyone think this could be a good thing?

I read of this months ago & have crossed my fingers that it would take down the people involved. That would definitely be a very good thing!


Is just so disgusting to see. And silly me to actually think the headline was referring to all of the blatant election fraud that went on to silence Ron Paul in 2012. Absolutely perfect timing for Rand's campaign. These sort of investigations take years, like ya know maybe exactly 2 years so this can pop up right during the stretch in 2016.

Investigation or not.

Is anyone suprised to see the B-man named. Trouble always follows him. And fraud.

Just in time for 2016

Since Rand might be running. These people are such scumbags!

Yep. A Bitter Bachmann Clown Complains And Alleges.

Be wise to point out it isn't any proof of wrongdoing, it's simply investigation.