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Old 10-03-2013, 08:17 PM  
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Iowa Senate Ethics Probe finds Ron Paul, Bachmann campaigns bribed IA st. senator

Bachmann ethics probe shows Paul aide gave Iowa senator $25K check

Oct. 3, 2013 3:06 PM



IOWA CITY — Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson received a $25,000 check from a high-ranking official in Ron Paul’s presidential campaign days before ditching Michele Bachmann to back Paul, and eventually got $73,000 in suspicious payments that may be linked to Paul’s campaign, an investigator has found.

Sorenson resigned from office Wednesday after investigator Mark Weinhardt concluded Sorenson likely broke ethics rules in receiving $7,500 in monthly income from Bachmann’s political action committee and presidential campaign in exchange for being Bachmann’s state chairman in 2011.

Weinhardt’s 566-page report also suggests Sorenson defected from the Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign days before the January 2012 caucuses after receiving promises of compensation from Paul’s campaign, raising questions about whether criminal or campaign finance laws were violated.

A federal investigation is underway, Sorenson’s attorney said Thursday.

In response to a subpoena, Sorenson turned over an uncashed $25,000 check he said his wife received from Dimitri Kesari, who was Paul’s deputy national campaign manager. The check, from the checkbook of a Virginia jewelry business owned by Kesari’s wife, was dated Dec. 26, 2012, two days before Sorenson joined Paul’s campaign.

Paul, then a Texas congressman, received publicity from Sorenson’s late endorsement before finishing a close third in the first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Kesari gave the check to Sorenson’s wife during a dinner meeting while Sorenson was in the bathroom, Sorenson’s lawyer, Theodore Sporer, said. It was made out to Grassroots Strategy, Inc., a firm owned by Sorenson that was the vehicle for his compensation from Bachmann’s committees. The check was never cashed.

Sorenson, elected to the House in 2008 and the Senate in 2010 to represent districts south of Des Moines, was sought after by Republican presidential campaigns because he was seen as a popular social conservative who would soon run for higher office. Bachmann consultant Guy Short told campaign aides in 2011 Sorenson was “the real deal” and should be hired quickly because, “People are getting bought off,” emails show.

Sorenson’s firm soon started receiving $7,500 monthly from Short’s Colorado firm with funds from Bachmann’s PAC and later her campaign, the report said. Sorenson was the first state elected official to endorse Bachmann and introduced her at Iowa events.

While working for Bachmann, Sorenson rejected offers of payment from Paul’s campaign operatives, Sporer said.

“I don’t know if I would call it a bribe. I think they were trying to hire him,” Sporer said. “Obviously they wanted to induce him to come change sides.”

Sorenson told Fox News before the caucuses that Paul’s campaign “never offered a nickel” for his switch, denying Bachmann’s claim of a payoff.

“With the Kesari check in hand, Senator Sorenson’s statements on national television were simply false,” wrote Weinhardt, who was appointed to investigate a Senate ethics complaint filed against Sorenson by a former Bachmann aide.

Kesari’s wife, Jolanda, who operates Designer Goldsmiths in Leesburg, Va., said Thursday only her husband could answer questions about the check. He didn’t return a message.

Weinhardt’s report found Sorenson’s business received $73,000 in wire transfers in the following months from ICT, Inc., of Hyattsville, Md. The payments suggest that Sorenson received $25,000 upfront and then $8,000 per month for six months — similar to the compensation Sorenson told colleagues the Paul campaign had offered, the report said.

Weinhardt was unable to connect the payments directly or indirectly to Paul’s campaign, but wrote the circumstances create “a strong suspicion” that was the case. He said that ICT is a business associated with documentary filmmaker Noel “Sonny” Izon, who didn’t return a message.

Sorenson denied the ICT payments were connected to Paul during a deposition last month, but gave vague answers about their source. He said that he’d been hired by ICT to do “general consulting both on political and business issues” and seek locations for Iowa video shoots.

Sorenson later invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid answering further questions. Sporer said that Sorenson quit talking after receiving a federal subpoena seeking records related to his campaign work.

“Once that happens, I’m sure you can appreciate how quickly the desire to speak is muzzled,” he said.

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Old 10-04-2013, 10:49 AM   #46
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Yeah Right! Mr. Establishment here. The generality again with "lots of." Typical!

I remember when some were trying to pin misuse of Paul's remaining campaign funds after 2oo8. Turned out to be false too.
But such things usually stick to the ignorant who don't follow through such reports to the end.
Don't forget these idiots, who claim to be Christian are trying to bring down the only true Christian that has run for quite some time. They have nothing and have manufactured a story out of thin air.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #47
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My biggest fear is that this might hurt Ron Paul's prospects for 2016.

I really thought he was poised to make the move from "irrelevant" to "fringe."
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:28 PM   #48
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banyon wants to believe it --that Paul was behind it--if true! All it takes is re-labeling a hiring as a bribe.
Distribute it in the press that it was a bribe until it catches on. Typical.

Remember the progressive left despises Bachmann too.
The job was fake. The story talks about that.

Selective reading. The joys.
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Old 10-04-2013, 12:29 PM   #49
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I like how the generality in the title --"campaigns". I was taught to look for things like that when evaluating information. As if Ron Paul endorsed this. That's what this is trying to do. Someone is trying to take him down. with a title like that.
Well, I said that because it wasn't Ron paul directly.

That's who the article talks about. Were you taught to refer to people in a way specific enough so that the import of the story was conveyed?
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:36 PM   #50
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:38 PM   #51
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The job was fake. The story talks about that.

Selective reading. The joys.
You mean like my wanting to wait this out for more information, instead of just going with an allegation?

Pot calling kettle
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:05 PM   #52
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No, but Dimitri Kesari, John Tate, and Jesse Benton should be nervous.
Most people think Jesse Benton is an asshole anyway
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:45 PM   #53
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You might want to read the special investigators report.

It includes Sorenson's tax and bank records. Oh and a copy of a $25,000 check given to him by Paul's national deputy campaign manager. The check was written from that dudes wife's jewelry story. That violates a number of laws.
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as do I.
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Here is 566 pages of evidence for you to read if you have the time.

http://desmoinesregister.com/assets/...tion_part1.pdf

http://desmoinesregister.com/assets/...tion_part2.pdf
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You mean like my wanting to wait this out for more information, instead of just going with an allegation?

Pot calling kettle
There is plenty of information out there. It's really not that difficult.
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I'm shocked that someone from left didn't hand Bachmann a check for a million to help that batshit crazy idiot win. It would only help the left to have that broad matter and speak on a national platform instead of joke slots on clown shows like the Beck show~
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:05 PM   #58
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There is plenty of information out there. It's really not that difficult.
Nope, not yet. I googled the story and I still see allegations still. In fact the same story. I also don't see anywhere that the "Paul Campaign"--an alarming generality to smear the whole operation--did it either. I see the name of a few individuals--not all from the Paul campaign.

Look what was a claimed about Tom DeLay--which didn't pan out in the end.

Please follow along now.
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More newpapers. Not gonna make a determination based on news. That's not a court with cross examination. Zimmerman and Tom Delay comes to mind.
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You might want to read the special investigators report.

It includes Sorenson's tax and bank records. Oh and a copy of a $25,000 check given to him by Paul's national deputy campaign manager. The check was written from that dudes wife's jewelry story. That violates a number of laws.
Like I said, it doesn't mean it was the "Paul Campaign" that did it. What part of the word "generality" are you having trouble with?
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