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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:51 PM

Bachmann still hasn’t paid presidential campaign staffers

Source: Salon


Five Iowa staffers say they've waited 375 days for payment, but refuse to sign the gag order the campaign demands

BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD

Over a year after she dropped out, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers from her failed presidential bid, according to a former top campaign official. Peter Waldron, her controversial former national field coordinator, told Salon the dispute started when former Iowa straw poll staffers refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that would bar them from discussing any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” they witnessed on the campaign with police or reporters.

Waldron said the staffers are owed a mere $5,000, and that Bachmann has more than $2 million in her campaign account, but has refused to pay unless the staffers sign the agreement. Negotiations over payment with Bachmann Finance Chairman James Pollack eventually broke down and Waldron decided to go public with the news, posting a press release on Christian Newswire this evening.

A Bachmann spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but we will update when they do.

“I feel a moral obligation to see that my Christian brothers and sisters are paid for worked performed in good faith. I’ve continually communicated by telephone and email with Mr. Pollack for 1 year but he broke every promise made to me to pay the staff. I appealed to Dr. Bachmann for help. I appealed to Representative Bachmann’s Chief of Staff Robert Boland to intercede with Mrs. Bachmann on behalf of her loyal Iowa staff — all of whom are married, all have children,” Waldron said in the press release.

“It is sobering to think that a Christian member of Congress would betray her testimony to the Lord and the public by withholding earned wages from deserving staff,” Waldron added.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/11/bachmann_still_hasnt_paid_her_presidential_campaign_staff/

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Reply Bachmann still hasn’t paid presidential campaign staffers (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2013 OP
Omaha Steve Jan 2013 #1
kardonb Jan 2013 #11
Bjorn Against Jan 2013 #2
Gore1FL Jan 2013 #3
Volaris Jan 2013 #25
SummerSnow Jan 2013 #4
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #5
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #9
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #12
sellitman Jan 2013 #6
alittlelark Jan 2013 #7
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #13
alittlelark Jan 2013 #33
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #8
hughee99 Jan 2013 #16
eggplant Jan 2013 #10
Crowman1979 Jan 2013 #22
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #14
rocktivity Jan 2013 #17
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #15
sakabatou Jan 2013 #23
rocktivity Jan 2013 #18
LiberalFighter Jan 2013 #21
Tabasco_Dave Jan 2013 #34
Rob H. Jan 2013 #35
Gman Jan 2013 #19
olegramps Jan 2013 #20
samsingh Jan 2013 #24
JNelson6563 Jan 2013 #26
SwankyXomb Jan 2013 #31
lexw Jan 2013 #27
klyon Jan 2013 #28
Hubert Flottz Jan 2013 #29
Blue Owl Jan 2013 #30
Third Doctor Jan 2013 #32
Rob H. Jan 2013 #36
dorkulon Jan 2013 #37
NYtoBush-Drop Dead Jan 2013 #38

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:59 PM

1. I hope they call Wage & Hour


I'm sure they would get a lot more $ going public with any of this activity they did see.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:49 PM

11. staff

typical republicon , spend money they don't have, and cheat hard working people .

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:02 PM

2. Yet she still has more money than nearly any other member of Congress

She outspent her opponent in the last election several times over, she has plenty of cash and could easily pay her workers wages. Isn't it a crime to withhold wages?

It is VERY revealing that Bachmann is so insistent on them signing an agreement promising not to discuss criminal activity in the campaign. If there was no criminal activity why would this waiver be so important to her? I hope the FBI is paying attention, I sense a big scandal.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:12 PM

3. Maybe she was paying them on commission. n/t

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:40 PM

25. It sounds more like, she would be paying them for OMISSION.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:21 PM

4. She said you get paid if I win...and they said of course you'll win.LOL

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:31 PM

5. Bachmann was only in the race for a few months...

Last edited Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:24 AM - Edit history (1)

...did she even have TIME to do anything she wouldn't want disclosed?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:11 PM

9. June 2011 to January 2012

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:25 AM

12. ok. corrected. Still, she was out before any real voting happened.

Hard to believe she could even HAVE anything to hide.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:48 PM

6. I love the smell of scandal in the morning.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:52 PM

7. Both sides espouse 'Christian morals'.

Perhaps they should call on Jesus to come sort it out?

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Response to alittlelark (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:26 AM

13. That could be the new afternoon hit: "Messiah Court". n/t.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:22 AM

33. It could be the new 'Reality' TV hit !

Move over Judge Judy, the Big Dog's comin' in!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:05 PM

8. “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity”

I think that is an illegal non-disclosure
Marcus must have gone off again


Bachmann should be sent to prison for non payment of earned wages

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:10 AM

16. They probably would be okay with "unethical and immoral"

but I think you're right, I don't think you can sign an NDA to protect criminal activity.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:14 PM

10. Larry Flynt should offer to pay the debt in exchange for anything they care to tell him. n/t

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Response to eggplant (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:54 PM

22. She probably masturbated in front of a Jesus painting while Marcus was having fun with the guys.

Remember when she said that we should get HOT for Jesus?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:29 AM

14. What's that story about giving a snake a ride across the river?

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:33 AM

17. A scorpion asked a frog to take him across a pond

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The frog said, "No! You'll sting me, and I'll drown." The scorpion said, "If I did that, we'd BOTH drown."

The frog couldn't argue with that, so he let the scorpion jump on his back. He starts swimming across the pond, and the scorpion stings him!

The frog gasped with his last dying breath, "Why? Why did you sting me when you knew it would kill you, too?"

The scorpion says with HIS last dying breath, "Because it is my nature."



rocktivity

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:52 AM

15. Oh Jesus. n/t

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:21 PM

23. I just noticed your signature...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 01:41 AM

18. They can't tell the police about illegal things they've witnessed?

How can that in itself possibly be legal?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:09 AM

21. It should be illegal to have that in a contract.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:45 AM

34. I think it is.

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:35 PM

35. That sounds almost like formalizing a criminal conspiracy

Is there such a thing? (Seriously, I'm curious.) As far as I know, failure to report a crime can be a crime in itself. If any criminal activities were to come to light, it almost sounds as if they were dumb enough to put it in writing that they were willing to be accessories to them.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:35 AM

19. Nice attack angle.. a RW nut invoking the Christianity of another RW nut.

what's a RW nut to do?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:47 AM

20. Sounds like they deserve each other. A marriage made in hell.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:35 PM

24. this woman is scary, dense, a leech

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:09 PM

26. Staffers should send her a note...

"Dear Congresswoman,

Please disregard our previous requests for owed wages for our work on your Presidential campaign. Since we are now collaborating on a tell-all book and we've gotten some very high offers (with a generous advance in each), we've decided we can do without the money you owe us.

Enjoy and God bless!

Regards,
Names"

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #26)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:50 PM

31. +1

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:13 PM

27. The same attitude as that a$$ who won the nomination. What a stack of creeps—Creepublicans.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:28 PM

28. She should have had them sign first then they would know what they were in for.

If they refuse to sign (I would) than no work. It is a little late now.
What is she hiding? Hopefully someone will speak up.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:17 PM

29. "Christian member of Congress" (CINO)

The repug misleaders are "Christian" In Name only and the repugs do that self naming to get votes from suckers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:29 PM

30. The one area in which she is "outstanding"

n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:50 PM

32. They should sue.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:43 PM

36. Romney also left a lot of his campaign workers stranded

all over the US when his campaign cancelled all their credit cards right after his concession speech. Since they were willing to backstab and abandon the people who were on their sides and trying to help them win, just imagine what would've happened to the country if either of those self-centered assholes had actually won!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 11:45 AM

37. Ah, Christians. So much more ethical than the rest of us garbage.

At least they're always implying that. Never seen any actual evidence of it, though.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:09 PM

38. she is such a good christian...

NOT.

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