GOP Lawmaker Uses Thousands Of Campaign Funds To Get Dirt On Intern He Had Alleged Affair With
A new report revealed on Wednesday that Indiana’s Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma used more than $40,000 in campaign funds to pay off a law firm to get “unflattering” information on a former intern who claimed that the two had an affair decades earlier.
According to Fox59 and the Indianapolis Star, Bosma hired white collar crime lawyer Linda Pence to gather information on Kandy Green, a woman who claimed that she performed oral sex on Bosma in 1992 while interning for House Democrats at the time.
The report noted that Green didn’t accuse Bosma of any crime but instead came forward about the alleged encounter after its reporters contacted her unsolicited during an investigation into sexual impropriety in the state legislature.
Green claimed that the affair was consensual at first until Bosma denied it in multiple interviews with The Star in an attempt to discredit her.
“I didn’t feel like I was able to say no,” the woman said, noting that Bosma was in a position of authority and that she worried about the status of her job.
Bosma denied that the encounter — which Green alleged happened in a motel parking lot — ever occurred.
“This unsubstantiated story from over 26 years ago is unequivocally false,” Bosma said in a statement. “It wasn’t true then and it’s not true now. The source of this claim has been entirely discredited on several occasions and no responsible journalist would publish it. My engagement of Linda Pence, a well-respected attorney and Democrat, was for the purpose of protecting my reputation from a false story by the Indianapolis Star.”