(Image Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

More than a year after her failed presidential bid, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been accused of refusing to pay a group of her former campaign staffers.  

“A top campaign official says Bachmann owes $5,000 to five Iowa staffers. He says Bachmann asked staffers to sign a nondisclosure agreement long after campaigning but they said no.” 

According to Salon, the nondisclosure agreement would bar the staffers “ … from discussing any ‘unethical, immoral, or criminal activity’ they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters.” 

MSNBC points out the staffers are owed only $5,000 overall, and that the Minnesota rep currently has more than $2 million left over in her campaign account. 

Peter Waldron, her former national field coordinator, believes Bachmann is withholding the payments to punish the group for cooperating with a criminal investigation over a stolen list of voter contact info.

Waldron explains to the Hill“It’s probably not a coincidence that all the people who have not been paid are the very people who have either given depositions, given affidavits or have been interviewed extensively by the police.” 

But according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “ … two former Bachmann aides say the document is a standard campaign release agreement and has nothing to do with the lawsuit.”  

The Washington Post reports another former staffer is sueing Bachmann and former senior aides over misappropriation of that list, which contained the names of a group of Iowa homeschoolers.

“[She] alleges that Bachmann staff stole the list off her computer and then blamed her when the misuse went public. She also filed a criminal complaint in September.” 

Bachmann’s former financial chairman says the staffers claims for why they are not being paid are quote “false and inaccurate.”

Michele Bachmann Accused of Withholding Staffers' Pay

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Jan 12, 2013

Michele Bachmann Accused of Withholding Staffers' Pay

 

(Image Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

More than a year after her failed presidential bid, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has been accused of refusing to pay a group of her former campaign staffers.  

“A top campaign official says Bachmann owes $5,000 to five Iowa staffers. He says Bachmann asked staffers to sign a nondisclosure agreement long after campaigning but they said no.” 

According to Salon, the nondisclosure agreement would bar the staffers “ … from discussing any ‘unethical, immoral, or criminal activity’ they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters.” 

MSNBC points out the staffers are owed only $5,000 overall, and that the Minnesota rep currently has more than $2 million left over in her campaign account. 

Peter Waldron, her former national field coordinator, believes Bachmann is withholding the payments to punish the group for cooperating with a criminal investigation over a stolen list of voter contact info.

Waldron explains to the Hill“It’s probably not a coincidence that all the people who have not been paid are the very people who have either given depositions, given affidavits or have been interviewed extensively by the police.” 

But according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “ … two former Bachmann aides say the document is a standard campaign release agreement and has nothing to do with the lawsuit.”  

The Washington Post reports another former staffer is sueing Bachmann and former senior aides over misappropriation of that list, which contained the names of a group of Iowa homeschoolers.

“[She] alleges that Bachmann staff stole the list off her computer and then blamed her when the misuse went public. She also filed a criminal complaint in September.” 

Bachmann’s former financial chairman says the staffers claims for why they are not being paid are quote “false and inaccurate.”

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