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Ethics Complaint Against Iowa Sen. Sorenson Dismissed, At Least For Now

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An Iowa Senate committee has dismissed an ethics complaint for now against State Sen. Kent Sorenson (R-Milo), who was accused of taking money from Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) presidential campaign.

Sorenson was the state chairman of Bachmann’s campaign in Iowa.  State Sen. Sandra Greiner (R-Washington) says the committee needs more information. 

“We cannot cite anybody for an ethics violation unless we have clear cut proof. So it’s on the complainant’s shoulders to provide us with the proof," Greiner says. "Sen. Sorenson is innocent until proven guilty.”

A former aide for the Bachmann campaign says that Sorenson was paid by the campaign through a third-party political action committee. One Democratic state senator says a better option would’ve been to have the Iowa Supreme Court appoint an investigator.