Troubled by legal problems, Representative Michele Bachmann has already announced that she will not run for her seat again when her term ends in 2014. This hasn’t put an end to the issues, though. In fact, another investigation was just recently announced.
Rep. Bachmann’s troubles with the law date back to her presidential campaign in 2012, when she failed to capture the Republican nomination in the primary. Bachmann is a member of the House of Representatives representing the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota. She was first elected in 2007 and quickly gained recognition for her conservative viewpoints, which culminated in her role in the Tea Party. Riding a wave of popularity following her leadership in the Tea Party, Bachmann announced her intention to run for President in the 2012 election. Though she didn’t make it far – she was never one of the leading contenders – Bachmann allegedly violated several federal laws. Bachmann did well in an early straw poll in Iowa but withdrew after finishing just 6th in the Iowa caucus.
The earlier allegation was against staff members, who allegedly moved funds from her PAC (Political Action Committee) to consultants and an Iowa State Senator. Super PACs are supposed to be independent of the politicians they represent. The newest revelation involves accusations that members of Bachmann’s campaign violated another section of federal election laws. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the opening of an inquiry into illegal communication between a Super PAC and Bachmann’s campaign. Super PACs are outside organizations that are allowed to spend money on behalf of political candidates. However, election laws strictly regulate the ways that super PACs and politicians can communicate.