WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann, who had more than $2 million in her congressional campaign account at the end of November, is embroiled in a dispute with a former presidential campaign aide over back pay of $916.
In what had been a private matter that has now become a nasty public squabble, Peter Waldron, who served as Bachmann for President national field coordinator, contends he is among five former Iowa staffers whom Bachmann has refused to pay unless they sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding campaign activity in Iowa.
Waldron, an evangelical activist, exposed the dispute in a Jan. 10 press release issued from his Tampa office. He said while Bachmann’s campaign finance chairman James Pollack had promised payment several times, no payment ever came. He said he appealed to Bachmann and congressional staff to no avail.
Bachmann, R-Stillwater, is a defendant in a lawsuit filed last summer alleging that Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman stole an email database belonging to The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators.
On Wednesday, Waldron said he had filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, accusing Bachmann for President of campaign violations and extortion. The complaint alleges the Bachmann campaign attempted to hide payments of $7,500 a month to its Iowa campaign chairman and that there was illegal coordination between a Bachmann campaign staffer and an independent political action committee.”Bachmann for President denies the allegations contained in the complaint filed with the FEC and intends to file an appropriate response,” said William McGinley, a lawyer with Patton Boggs LLP. “We are confident this matter will be resolved in the campaign’s favor.”
Here’s the most hilarious part, kids: from CITY PAGES:
In an interview with BuzzFeed Politics, Peter Waldron, Michele Bachmann’s National Field Coordinator during her ill-fated presidential campaign, says that Michele developed an “unnatural” and “Rasputin-like” relationship with her former debate coach, Brett O’Donnell.
Here are direct quotes from Waldron’s email to BuzzFeed:
[Bachmann’s former debate coach, Brett O’Donnell] prohibited her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, from sleeping in the same room with wife while on the campaign trail. He prohibited legendary consultants Ed Rollins and Ed Goeas from attending debate prep sessions. He told her when she could get off the bus, he wrote most of the words that came out of her mouth, he wrote all of her speeches…
Frankly, Brett exercised ‘Rasputin-like control over Michele [sic]. More than one staffer was grateful to God that she didn’t win the nomination because of the influence that Brett had over her…
He attempted to re-shape Mrs. Bachmann’s personality from her popular 2010 to spring 2011 into his own image. Pastors in IA and SC complained to me privately that Mrs. Bachmann spent too much time alone with Brett, they even criticized the times the two of them held hands to pray apart from others.
28 responses to “When the Bats Come Home to Roost”
hi kids!! so sorry i haven’t been around lately. i’ve been crazy busy, and i only have my computer back temporarily. i read the story about batshit bachmann, and i couldn’t resist seeing if i remember how to photoshop.
sorry i didn’t answer your individual comments, but be assured that i read every one. i hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying a happy new year.
i’m afraid i will be scarce once again. fomlpoma (for those not familiar with my shorthand, that stands for fruit of my loins, pain of my ass. in other words. my son) is going out of town for a week, and i have to babysit his fish. damn, i’ll be a prisoner in a luxury condo right on the beach! 😉
love you all!!!! ♥
I can’t help but think she looks like a shiksa version of Barbra Streisand.
you just made james brolin throw up a little in his mouth. 😉
Yes, that did occur to me. She does have Streisand eyes. I would love to see the two of them debate…that would be a hoot! 🙂
and then maybe then they can have a sing-off!
Hey Nonnie. Ah Yes, Ms Bachmann. She puts the creep in creepy. Cheers!
cheers, peerless and cynical one! 😀
i’m currently being held hostage in a luxury condo on the beach. have to feed my son’s fishies while he’s away on business, so apologies to all for the lateness of my replies.
sounds like bat shit has a boyfriend.
great minds think alike!! that’s the first thing that occurred to me. i’m ready for another evangelical stinky dinky story, and it would be soooooo much fun if it was about batshit bachmann!
hmmmm….i was just thinking. has anyone seen this guy? maybe he didn’t want batshit sleeping with marcus, because he and marcus were doing the nasty, not batshit! 😯
Corn Dogs! (They’re in my post today too! About another batshit crazy.)
Oh and we’re coming for that big gun of yours, little sister…
corndog jokes never get old, and your post was faaaabulous!!!! don’t worry, terry, i know i can’t be trusted with a gun. i’ve injured myself with butter knives. 😉
(Squeal!) Nonnie’s back! Hi, Nonnie! (Waves frantically)
(Ahem.) Okay, I’m better now. You know, this post is kinda scary – not for featuring Bachmann, but for suggesting that somebody ELSE came up with the oh-so-twisted concepts that poured out of her empty head. That’s kinda like finding out Hitler’s speeches were written FOR him!
need some oil, john? 😉 i am frantically waving back from a 12th-floor balcony while listening to the ocean.
we all know that batshit bachmann, like so many other teabaggers, has never had an original thought. she reads what the koch brothers, dick armey, et al faxes her each morning, and she regurgitates it the best she can remember.
Dick Armey….. all I can think of is the episode of “Family Guy” where Peter is introduced to Dick Armey and replies, “So what’s your friend’s name? Vagina Coast Guard?” 😀
😆 that’s hilarious!!!!!
Ah, there is nothing like seeing Michelle Bachmann to make me realize that I am a woman with a brain. Thanks, Nonnie!
Hope to see more of you soon.
hi elyse!! 😀 i have missed my raisinettes so. hopefully, my computer will be fixed once and for all, and i can blog once in a while and catch up on all my favorites (yeah, i’m looking at you, kid) when the cakeball biz will allow me.
happy belated birthday (though i’m confused as to whether i’m a day or 2 days late 😉 )
Today is good too. I’m making a weekend of it. A very long weekend!
Yes … Nonnie is in the building!!!!!
No need to worry about Bachmann as her time in the spotlight has run out … and thankfully so.
yes, frank, i came in the building when elvis left! 😉 how good to see you, my friend.
batshit bachmann knows her 15 minutes are almost up, so she’ll amp up the crazy until someone notices her again. that presidential run didn’t result in the faux news position she was hoping for, and jim demented landed the heritage foundation gig, so she’ll have to make as much noise as she can in order to remain even a tad relevant with the teabag crowd.
Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o and now Michele Bachmann? I can’t believe in anything anymore.
😆 the manti te’o story struck a nerve with me, because there is someone over at the big orange who is running a scam like that. i won’t get into details or name the person, but a lot of people would be very shocked to learn what a colossal fraud she is. so, i wasn’t really shocked that he was taken in by someone claiming to be terribly ill and incredibly selfless since i witnessed the same thing as it was happening. of course, that he continued to tell the story once he found out he had been duped is the epitome of…well, i’m really not sure. i guess he just liked the attention, just as his make-believe paramour did.
I can make a guess on what is going to happen next with those who have not been paid. They will be offered a boatload of money to write a kiss and tell book about her campaigns, both for Congress and for President. That should more than make up for her refusal to honor her debts. To paraphrase Einstein, how can you trust someone to honor their big debts if they won’t honor their small debts? She is the gift that keeps on giving.
hi rgkha! maybe batshit bachmann figures she can show up again on yom kippur at a synagogue, and she can atone for all the people she ripped off. 😉
wellllllllll……..let’s just hope Bachmann fades away quicker than Palin did.
“and i have to babysit his fish. ‘
FUNNY! My son was home for the Holiday’s……. threw me his consciousness and said..”watch this for awhile…I’m going out for some beers with my college friends.”
how can they fade with so much makeup on?
your son said what? well, it’s true….the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, jimm. 😉