More troubles for Bachmann campaign over contact list
Michele Bachmann's unsuccessful presidential campaign is still plagued by internal squabbles months after she dropped out of the race, over the use of a contact list for home-school families.
In a September 4 affadavit, obtained by the Iowa Republican and published last week, Bachmann's Iowa adviser Eric Woolson accuses former State Sen. Kent Sorenson, also the Iowa chairman of Bachmann's campaign, of stealing the list of contact information for the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) from another one of Bachmann's staffers, Barb Heki.
NBC News reports:
The list was the at the center of a flap late in Bachmann's presidential run, when a powerful Iowa home-school network called “NICHE” complained that its collection of contacts for thousands of home-school families had been mined by the campaign and used to expand its fundraising.
At the time, the campaign called the emails a "mistake." The campaign agreed to pay NICHE, a 501c3 nonprofit, several thousand dollars in order to keep the group compliant with federal elections law.
But in his affidavit, Woolson says he approached Sorenson on the same day the fundraising emails were sent, and was told the list had been stolen.