Michele’s a one-woman economic growth engine, if you’re an attorney or an investigator. She’s filling the coffers of lawyers scrambling to find some way to keep her out of the slammer.
I guess we know now why she decided not to run in 2014. She may be forced to do an entirely different form of “running,” the way things are going. She probably shouldn’t have rebnounced that Swiss citizenship she got for marrying Marcus, all things considered.
Legal expenses for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) soared in the month after congressional ethics and criminal investigations were opened into allegations that the four-term congresswoman had misused funds from her 2012 presidential campaign.
Since the beginning of 2013, Bachmann has spent more than $200,000 on legal expenses, using money from her congressional campaign, presidential campaign and leadership PAC. This is far above the average for legal costs incurred by a House campaign at this point in the election cycle.
The vast majority of that money — $190,054 — was spent after it was announced in May that the Department of Justice had opened an investigation into her failed presidential bid. The Office of Congressional Ethics had previously announced an investigation into Bachmann’s campaign. Patton Boggs attorney William McGinley, the lawyer for Bachmann’s congressional and presidential campaigns, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Two former aides to Bachmann’s presidential campaign have alleged that she arranged for secret payments to Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who served as chairman of her Iowa campaign. Sorenson denies these allegations as does Bachmann.
The Office of Congressional Ethics has completed its investigation and referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee for further investigation, although the committee is not required to do so. MinnPost suggested Wednesday that the ethics panel would not make any decision until fall at the earliest.
Michele, of course, is typical GOP scum, a flim-flam artist who has always made her money by begging for it, whether it was USDA payments, or campaign contributors. And of course, a person like her is usually surrounded by people who think just like she does.
Javier Sanchez, the Michele Bachmann aide arrested last week in connection to a series of thefts at a congressional office building, was identified as the suspect in the theft investigation after the U.S. Capitol Police installed a hidden security camera and placed “bait” money in Bachmann’s Rayburn House office.
He’s denying the second degree theft charge against him in connection to the thefts. But it looks like the investigation has already cost Sanchez his job: NBC News reports that he was fired after his arrest. Second-degree theft, which means that the stolen goods were worth $1,000 or less, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.
I’m guessing Michele gave him the can for being a small time punk, instead of following her example of grabbing the big bucks. Now that he’s unemployed, perhaps he’ll study the life of his mentor, and reform his methodologies accordingly.
In any event, it’s good that she and her organized crime mob will be gone soon. Hopefully even sooner than she promised.