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Associated Press, Published July 30 2012

Former Bachmann aide sues campaign alleging theft

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa campaign aide for former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is suing the Minnesota congresswoman and a former top staffer, alleging an official stole a private email list and blamed her for its use.

Barb Heki, of Indianola, filed a lawsuit Monday in Polk County District Court accusing state Sen. Kent Sorenson of taking the list from Heki's computer to reach Christian home-school advocates before the Iowa caucuses.

Sorenson was Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman. Heki coordinated home-school supporters.

Heki claims she was blamed after the emails were sent to members of the Network of Iowa Christian Home-school Advocates and fired from the campaign.

She was later removed from state and national home-school advocacy boards.

Bachmann quit the race on Jan. 4.

Calls to Bachmann and Sorenson weren't immediately returned.

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