'Witness A' identified: Ex-Bachmann aide expected to back claims against her campaign


A high-profile member of the former presidential campaign team for Michele Bachmann is expected to tell an Iowa Senate ethics committee that her campaign made improper payments to its state chairman, the Star Tribune and MinnPost report.

Until now, GOP operative Andy Parrish, a former chief of staff for Bachmann who recently led the failed marriage amendment campaign, has been silent on allegations against the former Bachmann campaign. The allegations include a claim that the campaign secretly funneled improper payments of $7,500 to Bachmann's Iowa chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson, which would have been a violation of Iowa Senate rules.

The Iowa Senate Ethics Committee is investigating, as are the Federal Election Commission and the independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

Now Parrish, who had previously been identified anonymously as "Witness A," is expected to testify Thursday as part of the Iowa Senate investigation. He is expected to support allegations loudly made by another former Bachmann aide, Peter Waldron, a Florida pastor, the Star Tribune reports.

Sorenson has sharply denied wrongdoing, and says the accusations are baseless. Lawyers for the former Bachmann campaign also strongly deny wrongdoing.

Sorenson shocked the Bachmann campaign in the final days of the Iowa caucuses when he defected to join Ron Paul campaign, a move Bachmann at the time said was motivated by money.

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