The attacks begin: FCC Opens New Investigation into Ron Paul 2012 Campaign, Sorenson PayoffSubmitted by fonzdrew on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 18:27
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.