A lawyer for Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says questions surrounding an alleged salary for the chairman of Bachmann’s Iowa presidential campaign are between State Senator Kent Sorenson and the Iowa Senate.
Bachmann’s attorney did an interview with The Minneapolis Star Tribune. He cited the sworn affidavit from Bachmann’s former chief of staff that was released on Monday as proof Bachmann did nothing wrong.
State Senator Kent Sorenson allegedly asked to be paid for his work as Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chairman. Email indicates Sorenson wound up being paid 75-hundred-dollars a month by a Colorado fundraising firm for consulting work. Bachmann’s lawyer said the candidate relied on Sorenson’s word that the arrangement “did not run afoul” of Iowa Senate ethics rules. Those rules prevent senators from being paid directly or indirectly by a campaign.
Bachmann’s lawyer said the “alleged arrangement at issue was both lawful and properly reported under federal law.” He went on to say: “This dispute is between the Iowa Senate and an Iowa senator.”
Sorenson has repeatedly said the charges are “totally baseless.” On Monday Sorenson used the word “garbage” to describe the allegations.