Former NICHE Board member and Bachmann Presidential campaign staffer Barb Heki and her husband are suing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Bachmann Iowa Co-Chair Kent Sorenson and others after the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) emails list added to the Bachmann campaign database without permission. It was then used to send out two emails to Iowa homeschooling families on the list. She is accusing Sorenson of stealing the list from her computer and then accusing the Bachmann campaign of covering it up and letting her receive the blame.
In the lawsuit Heki contends that she and her husband Richard were then removed from the NICHE board on November 29th as a result. Justin LaVan, the President of NICHE, emailed me yesterday to say that isn’t so.
I want you to know that NICHE did not do anything wrong in removing Rich and Barb Heki from the board. Their removal was not directly related to the list incident. NICHE is a ministry that will continue to serve home school families throughout this state and do what we believe is best for NICHE and its members.
He said on Tuesday to the the Wall Street Journal that he didn’t want to speculate on how the Bachmann campaign received the list. He did say that the Bachmann campaign did later pay a reasonable fee for the two emails that were sent out. At the time other campaigns were also given an opportunity to purchase the list. He said that, “We’ve never asserted that the Bachmann campaign stole the list. There is no issue as far as I’m concerned with the Bachmann campaign.”
He would not comment further on the Hekis’ removal other than to say it was not directly related to the incident.