WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Michele Bachmann’s office’s has issued a response to a campaign contribution from Hollywood actor Tim Robbins, who is known as much for his liberal politics as his acting skills. “All we can say is thank you,” said Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok.
The news of Robbins’ $500 contribution to the Minnesota Republican — way back in 2006 — was first reported by Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast, who called the donation “shocking” and described Bachmann as “Minnesota’s resident wingnut.”
Robbins gave the money to Bachmann on Oct. 23, 2006, federal finance records show, as part of a string of $500 gifts to Republican House candidates in the last two weeks of that election season. At the time, Bachmann was locked in a close race with Democrat Patty Wetterling, which Bachmann eventually won with just more than 50 percent of the vote.
Robbins and then-partner Susan Sarandon famously campaigned for Ralph Nader in 2000, saying after that race that he thought Democrats under President Bill Clinton had “drifted too far to the right.” So strident was his opposition to the Iraq war that the 2004 movie “Team America: World Police” satirized Robbins and other film actors as willing to fight alongside North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il against “Team America.” Robbins has also confessed that he at one time he “recognized all Republicans as evil incarnate.”