Contact: Peter E Waldron, 727-415-7189, [email protected]; www.peterewaldron.com
TAMPA, Fla. Jan. 10, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former presidential candidate and a leader of the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives in Washington, has yet to pay some of her Iowa presidential campaign staff after one year and in spite of the fact that over $2,000,000* sits in bank accounts at her disposal.
It is only recently that a few Iowa small business owners, most of whom are heads-of-household, received payment in full for services rendered through the 2012 caucus month.
The remaining staff members were promised payment several times by Michele's Finance Chairman, James Pollack, but the payment never came.
Dr. Peter Waldron, Bachmann for President National Field Coordinator, explained it this way, "Recently Mr. Pollack demanded that each unpaid staff member sign a non-disclosure agreement that prohibits any discussion of any criminal, moral, and/or unethical behavior witnessed during Mrs. Bachmann's campaign in Iowa. In fact, Mr. Pollack insists that each staffer not speak to law enforcement and/or lawyers without first speaking with Mrs. Bachmann's attorneys."
Dr. Waldron continued by saying, "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."
Rep. Bachmann currently is a defendant in a lawsuit filed in Polk County, Iowa. And, the Urbandale, Iowa, police department is investigating the theft of confidential data from a staff member's personal laptop computer and cover-up of the theft by her staff.
"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," Dr. Waldron concluded.
*As of 11/26/12 (Post General Report) Bachmann for Congress reported $2,170,422.02 for cash on hand. As of 11/26/12 (Post General Report) Bachmann for President reported $53,451.03 for cash on hand and $169,588 as debt
As of 11/26/12 (Post General Report) MichelePAC reported $72,396.77 for cash on hand. If you add up all the cash at her disposal and subtract the debt she has $2,126,681.22 at her disposal.
According to her last Personal Financial Disclosure she has a net worth between $1,300,000 and $2,800,000.