Republican Bachmann under congressional ethics probe

WASHINGTON Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:33pm EDT

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 16, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Michele Bachmann is being probed by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly misusing campaign funds, media reports said on Monday.

Bachmann, a Tea Party-backed conservative congresswoman from Minnesota was among a large field of Republicans who ran unsuccessfully for their party's presidential nomination before last year's election.

She is being investigated over alleged violations of campaign finance rules, according to the Daily Beast, which first reported the story, citing a former Bachmann campaign staffer.

"There are no allegations that the congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing," William McGinley, a lawyer representing the Minnesota Republican, said in an emailed statement.

"We are constructively engaged with the OCE and are confident that at the end of their review the OCE Board will conclude that congresswoman Bachmann did not do anything inappropriate," the statement said.

The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent, non-partisan body that reviews allegations of misconduct against staff and members of the House of Representatives.

(Reporting by Rachelle Younglai; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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AlkalineState wrote:
Maybe she bought some new running shoes in order to avoid answering questions:

Mar 25, 2013 4:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brotherkenny4 wrote:
Michelle is married to a guy that converts gay people into straight people and he has a lisp. I think Michelle may not be the brightest bulb out there.

Mar 25, 2013 4:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JL4 wrote:
And we expect her lawyer to come out and say she’s guilty?

First line of defense: “I’m completely, 100% innocent.”

Second line of defense: “I might have made some mistakes.”

Third line of defense: “I had no idea those things were being done in my name.” or “I didn’t read the document I signed.”

Fourth: “I deeply regret my actions, and ask for the forgiveness of my family and constituents.”

It’s the way they all do it.

Mar 25, 2013 4:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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