Battle Born played a role in the scandal that has laid Ensign's political career low. Cindy Hampton, with whom Ensign had an affair, served as the treasurer for both the PAC and the re-election campaign during the 2007-08 cycle, when the affair occurred. Ensign's parents have said that they made a payment of almost $100,000 to the Hamptons, calling it a gift. Had Ensign made a payment directly to the Hamptons, it could have been considered an unreported contribution from him to his PAC or campaign.
The Justice Department is currently probing these and other questions relating to the aftermath of the affair.