The Washington Post

FBI interested in Bachmann campaign finance case

Rep. Michele Bachmann faces questions about her 2012 campaign. (Alex Wong/Getty)

The FBI is scheduling interviews related to allegations of financial impropriety in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 campaign.

An attorney for Andy Parrish, the Minnesota Republican's former chief of staff, confirmed that he will be interviewed by the FBI next week. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that two other former Bachmann staffers have also been contacted.

Peter Waldron, who served as Bachmann's national field coordinator in Iowa, has filed a Federal Elections Commission complaint alleging that the lawmaker’s campaign improperly used leadership PAC funds to pay presidential campaign staff -- including national political director Guy Short -- and concealed payments to state Sen. Kent Sorenson. Waldron would not confirm or deny that he had been contacted by the FBI.

“We have not been contacted by the FBI and have no reason to believe that they are conducting an investigation," said William McGinley, an attorney for Bachmann. "As we have stated from the beginning, none of the allegations involve Representative Bachmann.”

Chris DeLacy, an attorney for Short says he has not heard from the FBI either. "The FBI has not contacted Guy Short and he has done nothing wrong. The individuals who are pushing these allegations appear to be motivated by some sort of political vendetta," he said.

Parrish has said in a sworn affidavit that Bachmann "knew and approved of" the payments to Sorenson.

The Office of Congressional Ethics is also looking into the alleged misuse of campaign funds. Bachmann is reportedly working on settling a separate lawsuit related to the campaign's use of a homeschooling list.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
The New Hampshire primary is today. See live results and get caught up on the race.
The Post's Philip Bump says ...
Since he proclaimed that he'd win New Hampshire last summer, Bernie Sanders has seen a swing of about 50 points in his direction. Impressive. But not as impressive as the guy on the other side of the political aisle. Donald Trump has led the Republican field in New Hampshire for almost 200 days, and has held a lead in 51 straight live-caller polls -- every poll stretching back to last July.
Upcoming debates
Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

Campaign 2016
See live results from N.H.

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.