Bachmann posts staggering haul of $1.7 million in second quarter

WASHINGTON — Someone should check that the U.S. Mint didn’t up and move to Stillwater.

Rep. Michele Bachmann pulled in a whopping $1.7 million for her campaign in the second quarter of this year (through June 30). All told, she’s raised more than $4 million this cycle.

I could not be more appreciative of the 28,000 contributors who have so generously supported my campaign this quarter,” Bachmann said in a statement announcing the haul. “We have a dedicated team committed to ensuring the election of strong, grassroots conservatives this November.  With their support we’ll be able to fight back against the Obama-Clark agenda and their special interest allies who have made me a top target for defeat.”

To give the idea of how unprecedented this is, consider that Bachmann was the second-best fundraiser in the House during the first quarter.

Her second quarter more than doubled it.

This news comes just a few hours after Bachmann’s opponent, Tarryl Clark, reported a record-breaking (for a Minnesota House challenger) sum of $910,000 in the second quarter, bringing her total north of $2 million.

Someone is going to make a ton of cash off this race, because the two top candidates are at $6 million raised and counting.

Based on the way they’re raising cash, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Minnesota’s 6th saw a campaign topping $10 or even $12 million before it’s all said and done.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/07/2010 - 12:46 pm.

    The real treat is that since Michele won’t need half that to send Terryl home, her campaign can spread the wealth to other Tea Party candidates.

  2. Submitted by Dan Courtney on 07/07/2010 - 05:07 pm.

    So let’s get this straight: the tea party stands behind BP? The tea party’s position is that the people of the Gulf should not be entitled to due compensation due to BP’s malfeasance, and that the good faith agreement between the president and BP is “extortion” and that the United States needs to apologize to BP for the damage they have done to the Gulf? These are all things that Bachmann has positioned herself to. Including the following:

    An unnecessary trillion dollar war in Iraq and the trillion dollar tax cuts to billionaire who then commenced to ship our jobs overseas? These are the bachmann positions. Are they the tea party position as well?

    I thought the tea party hated deficits. Then how can the tea party defend bachmann’s total support of the Bush economic agenda which led to historical deficits–and with nothing to show for it, I might add, but thousands of sacrificed soldiers, ten trillion in American savings lost, millions unemployed, and a million home foreclosures.

    I kind of think there is a wave to send back incumbants of both parties and I am almost certain, Bachmann’s time is almost up. As is the only fleetingly notorious tea party. Watch the fire be extinguished in November when Rubio loses to Crist in Florida and Rand Paul falls on his face in KY. Dems pick up 2 seats easy thanks to the tea party’s weak performance in the Generals.

  3. Submitted by William Pappas on 07/07/2010 - 05:23 pm.

    The real treat, Thomas, is that the new Citizen’s United ruling allows multinational corporations like BP to buy elections for their pimps in congress. Bachmann’s tireless support of corporate interests at the expense of the ordinary Minnesotan will ensure her a victory every election. Unions and individual donors will never match the wealth of world wide corporations who see in Michele an unquestioning advocate for corporate greed.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/07/2010 - 07:33 pm.

    I wonder what proportion of La Bachmann’s 1.7 mil came from the top 5% of her 28,000 contributors?
    And from out of state?

  5. Submitted by Joe Musich on 07/07/2010 - 09:18 pm.

    I got to think that with all the outrageous claims being made by her that this might just be another !

  6. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 07/08/2010 - 07:13 am.

    Reporting quarterly FEC filings is Jouralism 101. Why not take a look at where Bachmann’s money is coming from?

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