While the Des Moines Register reports about the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee's scrutiny of the gentlewoman's presidential campaign committee capers in Michele Bachmann knew about financial deal with Sorenson, former aide alleges, the Young Americans for Freedom are using her endorsement of toxic metal Christian rocker and radio talker Bradlee Dean for a Dean event at Des Moines Community College (see image, right).
DMR staff writer Jennifer Jacobs reports:
ongresswoman Michele Bachmann was aware of the financial arrangement between an Iowa senator and her presidential campaign that’s now the subject of three separate ethics investigations, according to a former aide.
Campaign aide Andy Parrish, a confidential informant who agreed this week to step forward to testify to the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee, will detail an arrangement for potentially improper payments to state Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, for presidential campaign work, his lawyer said today.
Parrish’s testimony could bolster statements another Bachmann campaign aide made in an ethics complaint filed in January that alleges Sorenson violated Iowa Senate rules that prohibit senators from accepting employment, directly or indirectly, from a political action committee. . . .
Waldron also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in January, citing the financial arrangement with Sorenson. And the Office of Congressional Ethics contacted Waldron in February. . . .
Putting Bachmann's name at the head of a list of endorsements for Bradlee Dean must be capable of filling a couple of rows of seats.
Dean last made headlines in Iowa following a school assembly in Dunkertown. City Pages Andy Mannix reported in Iowa not cool with Bradlee Dean's public school invasion:
Bradlee Dean has really screwed up the town of Dunkerton, Iowa.
Dean and his Christian-rap-metal troupe, Junkyard Prophet, hosted a supposed "anti-bullying" assembly at the Dunkertown high school last week that literally left some of the kids in tears. Among the more controversial messages delivered by the anti-gay preacher and his cronies: The average lifespan for a gay man is 42, and if women have sex before marriage, they will have "mud on their wedding dresses."
The principal of the school has since resigned, according to the WCF Courier, though school officials say there's no connection.
Earlier this week, a collective of advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, penned an open letter to school administrators, demanding that they be more careful about who is invited to talk to kids. . . .
That sort of attraction, in addition to ethically-challenged Bachmann's endorsement, should pack them in.
Image: A poster of April 25's coming attraction at the Des Moines Community College.
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