The husband of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann personally called gay rights group Truth Wins Out demanding $150 for missed appointments. He gave them until Friday to pay up or he will send the group to a collection agency.
Truth Wins Out’s John Becker used a hidden-camera at a therapy session in Bachmann’s counseling practice in July of this year to expose so-called reparative therapy being offered. Becker says he cancelled subsequent sessions per the practice’s policies.
Becker received a threatening voice mail and then called Bachmann back to investigate.
When called by the Wall Street Journal, Bachmann confirmed the account and did not relent, stating Becker had signed a contract that stated he would pay for no-shows, and after his “sting,” he neglected to show up for two more sessions he was contractually obliged to pay for.
“We call on Marcus Bachmann to immediately stop his petty and vindictive campaign of harassment and threats against our organization,” said the group’s executive director, Wayne Besen. “Perhaps, now that Michele’s campaign is foundering, the Bachmanns are frustrated and looking for scapegoats to explain her failure. Truth Wins Out refuses to be intimidated or blackmailed by Bachmann. This bogus bill will not be paid.”
TWO has hired a law firm to counter the claim.
“According to Bachmann & Associates’ no-show policy, patients are assessed a $75 fee for each appointment that they miss without giving prior notification. Becker’s telephone records indicate that he called the clinic in early July to cancel his remaining sessions, giving Bachmann & Associates ample time to schedule appointments with other clients.
“Accordingly, assuming you were even entitled to collect money for cancellations, that would not apply in this instance. My client met your office’s policies. This should end the discussion alone.”
The law firm also states that should Becker be turned over to a collection agency, they would file suit against Bachmann’s clinic.
“[W]e consider your therapy and practices fraudulent. We have concluded your services are dubious and questionable, not worthy of any billing at all. We consider your fees and charges part of a larger civil conspiracy to defraud vulnerable individuals.”
The firm calls the collection efforts “retaliation” for embarrassing the Bachmanns.