Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is embroiled in a series of ethical scandals. She faces several federal investigations, a Congressional investigation and local investigations (police and State Senate) in Iowa.
The investigations center around her failed 2012 presidential bid. She is alleged to have paid presidential staffers with PAC money and coordinated efforts between campaign and PACs. In Iowa she’s in trouble for stealing an email list from a group of evangelical christianists homeschoolers and paying her Iowa Campaign Chair.
Bachmann has brought in a well-known fixer (at least in GOP circles) to put out these fires.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has brought in a new treasurer for her congressional campaign and leadership political action committee in the wake of a federal grand jury probe, a potential House Ethics investigation and a possible inquiry from the Federal Election Commission.
Nancy Watkins, a well-known campaign finance treasurer in GOP circles, submitted paperwork a few weeks ago naming her the new treasurer of both campaign accounts for the Minnesota Republican. Watkins is still the treasurer for Bachmann’s failed 2011 presidential bid, and despite allegations of impropriety surrounding that campaign, Watkins’ stewardship of that account has not been questioned.
“She is a fixer, in terms of coming in and cleaning-up the mess that other people left behind,” said Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer at Arent Fox.
Kappel described Watkins as a “total straight arrow” who has been asked by other troubled GOP campaign committees to “clean up the books.”