Hate to Kvetch About Women in Power, But Some Shouldn’t Be–from TPM

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March 25, 2013 by Jan Stone

Ms. Bachmann should stop pointing fingers regarding lies about presidential spending,  like when she said President Obama spent the most dollars in office. But she didn’t do that nasty thing called Fact Checking: The costliest former president? George W. Bush, who clocked in at just over $1.3 million. That includes almost $400,000 for 8,000 square feet of office space and $85,000 in telephone costs. Clearly, counting is a problem for the woman, in light of her recent pickle:

Michele Bachmann Could Face House Ethics Probe Over Presidential Campaign

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) could face a House Ethics Committee investigation into alleged campaign finance violations during her bid for the Republican presidential nomination last year, the Daily Beast reported Monday. The allegations are currently being investigated by the non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics, which has about three months to decide whether to recommend cases for further investigation to the Ethics Committee.

Two other former staffers confirmed the existence of the investigation this weekend, and on Monday Bachmann’s campaign counsel, William McGinley of the high-powered firm Patton Boggs, confirmed that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) was looking into the Congresswoman’s presidential campaign last year…

Former staffers tell the Beast that investigators have allegedly asked about allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann’s presidential campaign, specifically in relation to the campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann’s one-time Iowa campaign chairman, State Senator Kent Sorenson. Questions directly about Bachmann, they said, have been primarily focused on what she knew about those men’s actions and when she knew it.

As the Daily Beast report details, this is not the only campaign-related investigation Bachmann is currently facing. In January, TPM reported on a Federal Elections Commission complaint from a former top adviser to the congresswoman alleging campaign finance violations.

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