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Records: Paul aide gave Iowa senator $25K check
http://news.yahoo.com/records-paul-aide-gave-iowa-senator-25...

Here is my condensed overview of the tale, for those with short attention spans:

* Kent Sorenson, elected to the Iowa House Of Reps in 2008 and the Iowa Senate in 2010 to represent districts south of Des Moines, was sought after by Republican presidential campaigns during the 2012 elections 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.

* Sorenson is then approached by Dimitri Kesari, who was Ron Paul's deputy national campaign manager to "switch sides." At a dinner meeting, Kesari gave a $25,000 check to Sorenson's wife while Sorenson was in the bathroom. 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. The check was made out to Grassroots Strategy, Inc., a firm owned by Sorenson that was the vehicle for his compensation from Bachmann's committees.

* The 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.

* Sorenson defected from Bachmann's campaign days before the January 2012 caucuses after receiving promises of compensation from 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.

* Sorenson resigned from office Wednesday after investigator Mark Weinhardt concluded Sorenson was on the take (two times over, no less,) and therefore in violation of ethics rules. And of course, in true scumbag style, days before his eventual resignation, Sorenson was telling constituents he was the victim of a “straight-up political witch hunt.”

And yet Ron Paul is still a libertarian hero...
Michele Bachmann is still a Tea Party darling...
And the world keeps on spinning...

THE END.

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hey now , this is right in my back yard.

anyway, yes Sorenson stepped down for ethics violations.

as an Iowa senator you cant not accept money for work on a campaign.
I have never got a good explanation of why this senate rule exists, but it does and he violated it.

Sorenson was not well liked by the Iowa republican party and switch to the Ron Paul campaign was the final straw in his short lived career.

his win in 2008 was without financial support from the GOP and was an upset victory over a democrat in a year when most of the state went democrat with BO's victor over Mccain. the seat will most likely shift back to the Democrats.

the Neocon faction of Iowa will also most likely take back control of the Iowa GOP from the Liberty faction.
 
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Politicians doing corrupt stuff. Say it isn't so! Sorenson may not be out of the woodwork yet as he lied about receiving the funds under oath and may be charged with perjury, but I doubt it.
 
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jeremycobert wrote:
his win in 2008 was without financial support from the GOP and was an upset victory over a democrat in a year when most of the state went democrat with BO's victor over Mccain.

What about his State Senate seat win in 2010? Was he supported by the party that time?
 
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jmilum wrote:
Politicians doing corrupt stuff. Say it isn't so!
But isn't that the exact reaction that sleazy politicians count on? They hope people just assume the, "Pfft... like I'm SO surprised!" pose so they can continue paying people off & breaking the law. This is a literal hand-in-the-cookie-jar exposure of the exact sort of payoff offense that any democracy should want to root out, expose, and prosecute, and yet it gets a collective yawn while pundits (and RSP) go back to calling each other names & bitching about "Obummer."

The fact that stories like this aren't the lead story on every 6PM newscast in America is precisely what's wrong with political discourse. But instead of warning their citizenry against political corruption, the likes of Diane Sawyer are too busy informing me about the latest Michael Jackson trial and some YouTube video of a panda in Portland.

At what point do we stop the too-cool-for-school heard-it-all-before posturing and actually make an attempt to expose and exterminate corruption where it exists?


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short answer , no.

Long answer...

in 2010 the old Guard Neocon republicans were outed in a brilliant Political move by the Ron Paul supporters who stayed the entire time of the caucus and they took control of the Iowa Gop by following the GOp's rules.

after that the Old Guard alerted its member to withhold it's donation to the new GOP until they could get back control. it became neocons & christian vs Liberty

with the liberty members in charge, they decided to give campaign support to all republicans in Iowa equally instead of supporting only targeted seats and friends like the old Necons would do in previous years.

Soreneson had started as an outsider and was always a Ron Paul supporter until he went to work for the Bachmann campaign. at that point he lost the Ron Paul supporters and he never really gained support among the old guard Neocon faction.

so no, the old guard GOP has never supported Sorenson and now has a focal point to attack and take back control of the Iowa GOP. you may have seen Tom Harkin's retirement announcement. all of the old guard Iowa Gop heavy hitters have decided to not run for his seat , in a very unusual move for this high profile seat.
most likely because they want the Ron Paul supporters out of the GOP more then they want to pick up that seat.

the Liberty Faction had one last card to play. they moved the election meeting back 1 month later in hopes that no republican candidate could get the 35% required. if none get it, then the nomination goes to a vote and the Liberty group has the most votes and can select a libert leaning republican to run against the Democrat.

that card can not be played now as Sorenson's scandal has disrupted the plan and forced the liberty leadership to change the date back. so its safe to assume that the sweaty Bruce Braley will win that seat.
 
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I agree, but this isn't that big of a deal since the politicians involved aren't first rate: Bachman is a known whackjob crazy lunatic and Ron Paul is class A nutter that isn't even in office anymore and has passed the baton to Rand.

If the pols were anyone important, then it would matter.
 
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jmilum wrote:
I agree, but this isn't that big of a deal since the politicians involved aren't first rate: Bachman is a known whackjob crazy lunatic and Ron Paul is class A nutter that isn't even in office anymore and has passed the baton to Rand.

If the pols were anyone important, then it would matter.
Bachmann was elected twice to the Minnesota State Senate, 4 times to the US Congress, and acts as the self-proclaimed titular head of the Tea Party.
And Ron Paul is practically the Messiah in some circles.

Now, to borrow an Obama-ism, "Let me be clear:" One story isn't going to be the sole smoking gun to permanently enlighten the populous to political corruption. BUT... putting it front-&-center might trigger a lightbulb moment the next time Joe Sixpack and Suzy Housecoat are ensconced on the couch watching an election where the local superstar is on stage at the local get-out-the-vote rally, hand-in-hand with the national candidate declaring: Onward to victory!

Nowadays, the only thing that comes out of political corruption scandals is, "Well, of course! He was a filthy Democrat/Republican!" Instead of saving any actual outrage for the act itself, it's simply used as a political cudgel to smack "the other side" with.

 
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