But, as documented in a book on Bachmann’s failed campaign, Sorenson’s own hiring ran counter to Iowa state rules against hiring lawmakers. Sorenson subsequently resigned from the state Senate amid allegations he was paid illegally, as well as that he stole an email list for a conservative parents’ home-schooling group from a staffer’s computer.
Sporer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that authorities seized materials related to Sorenson’s work for both campaigns.
“It’s hard to unravel,” Sporer was quoted as saying. “I don’t know if it’s a series of related investigations, or if it’s one big investigation, or multiple unrelated investigations. My gut instinct is it’s one investigation.”