Iowa senator quits after report on Bachmann money

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator has resigned after a special investigator found it likely he violated ethics rules by taking money from political entities connected to former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and then denying he’d done so.

Sen. Kent Sorenson told The Associated Press Wednesday evening that he’s resigning.

His decision came after attorney Mark Weinhardt said in a report released earlier in the day that it was “manifestly clear” Sorenson negotiated payments in 2011 that eventually reached $7,500 monthly in exchange for his work as Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chair.

Weinhardt says Sorsenson received compensation that originated from Bachmann’s presidential campaign and her political action committee. He says the payments went to a Colorado company, which then paid Sorenson’s Iowa-based firm.

Sorenson says resigning is best for his family.

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