One of U.S. Rep Michele Bachmann’s staffers from her unsuccessful presidential campaign says she still owes him and other workers money from the Iowa caucuses that were over a year ago.
Dr. Peter Waldron said the Minnesota Republican owes a total sum of about $5,000 to him and other workers, reports The Hill
. He said he thinks the payments were withheld because the staffers cooperated with law enforcement members investigating the campaign for allegations its Iowa campaign chairman stole a voter list.
Barb Heki, a former grassroots coordinator, claimed in a lawsuit filed in July that Bachman’s Iowa chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson, took a list of Christian home-school advocates from her private computer. She later filed a theft report with the Urbandale, Iowa police department and said the private list was stolen in November of 2011.
Waldron said he and other staffers thought they’d get a whole month’s pay for cleaning out Bachmann’s Iowa campaign office, and submitted their invoices. He decided to go public after “12 months and many broken promises by Michele’s finance chairman, Jim Pollack.”
Waldron said he asked Bachmann’s husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, to intervene, and the staffers then got a non-disclosure form that required them to speak with the representative’s attorneys before talking with law enforcement or others about the campaign. However, the staffers cooperated in the investigation about the list, and none of them have been paid.
Pollack disputed the claims, and said he can’t explain why Waldron would want to disparage Bachmann. He said Waldron and his colleagues have no basis to claim compensation for work done after the campaign ended.
At the end of November, fundraising disclosure documents showed the campaign still owed $170,000 in debts and obligations, but had $53,000 in cash on hand.
Pollack said Bachmann has paid off more than 90 percent of her campaign debt and looks forward to resolving other debts in the future.
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