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Iowa Senator resigns after ethics investigation launched

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An Iowa Senator resigned after an ethics investigation was ordered.

According to a report by WHO, Kent Sorenson stepped down on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. His resignation came after an investigation was ordered to look into allegations that Sorenson had violated Senate rules by reportedly accepting money from the presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul in 2011 and 2012.

WHO reported that Governor Branstad said Sorenson did the right thing by resigning from the Iowa Senate.

Branstad said senators should examine how the Senate rule is worded, according to the report.

“I this case it was done indirectly as opposed to directly as I understand it and so there were questions about that,” Branstad said. “It appears to me this is something the Senate, which has a responsibility to oversee each other’s members, can and should address.”

According to the report, the investigation revealed that over $41,000 was funneled to Sorenson.

Branstad hopes to have a senator in place by January, reported WHO.

Sorenson is accused of violating Senate rules by accepting money from the Bachmann campaign to serve as its Iowa chair and then again getting money to switch to the Ron Paul campaign within days of the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Michelle Bachmann was the first to make the allegation.