GOP Rocked By Rampant Corruption; Ron Paul And Michelle Bachmann Edition
Drowned out by the celebrations on the left over the conviction of Republican former VA governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, and forgotten amid the ongoing investigations of three more Republican governors, Chris Christie (NJ), Rick Perry (TX) and Scott Walker (WI), investigations continue to look into corruption in the 2012 presidential campaigns of GOP former US Senator Ron Paul – the father of serial plagiarist and Tea Party hero Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY – and current Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (MN).
At issue are payments made to Iowa GOP State Senator Kent Sorenson who pled guilty last week to bribery charges. A report by Open Secrets Blog revealed that the FBI are interviewing witnesses and issuing subpoenas for email records. The investigation centers on payments routed from the Ron Paul campaign, through a video company and finally to Sorenson in return for his endorsement. Open Secrets also identified an additional payment of $25,000 which was channeled through a jewelry store.
The scandal is rocking the GOP machine to its core. Last month it led to the resignation of GOP Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton. Benton is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter. Benton was working on McConnell’s campaign in return for McConnell’s future support of a Rand Paul Presidential bid in 2016. There is, as of yet, no indication of illegal activity connected with that agreement.
In all this, it might seem that Michelle Bachmann’s only role was as a victim, but apparently that is not so. The FBI is looking into payments previously made to Sorenson originating in her campaign. So it appears that Bachmann’s issue with Sorenson is that he would not stay bought. You can add this to Bachmann’s already extensive list of legal troubles. The FBI is also investigating her and her husband Marcus for possible wire fraud, money laundering and mail fraud.
With Perry in the on-deck circle and Christie and Walker right behind, the next few months may be very interesting as the pattern of corruption that is the GOP is unraveled.
Get your popcorn ready.
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