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Bachmann leads the way as candidates build 2012 war chests

Rep. Michele Bachmann
  • Some of candidates have begun loaning their campaigns personal money to bolster fundraising numbers. The most egregious of these was 1st District Republican Allen Quist, who cut himself a $170,000 cut and raised only about $8,000 from outside the Quist family. Democrat Jim Graves ($150,000) and Republican Lee Byberg ($45,000) also loaned themselves sizable amounts of personal funds to get their campaigns off the ground.
  • For many reasons, incumbents always have a natural fundraising advantage over their challengers, but nothing makes them happier than when the opposing party waits until mid-August to pick a candidate. With primary battles rage in their districts, Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Chip Cravaack are quietly amassing sizable war chests for a quick-and-dirty three-month fall campaign: Walz is sitting on $810,000 and holds a nearly 8-to-1 advantage over the best-funded Republican, and Cravaack has collected nearly $900,000 while the three DFLers looking to oppose him are spending themselves silly in the run-up to their primary.
  • Few neutral political prognosticators expect Michele Bachmann to face much of a challenge in November, but her national prominence and Tea Party appeal still make her the top fundraiser in the state’s congressional delegation. In raising $1.9 million, she accounts for nearly one-third of all the money collected by Minnesota incumbents and challengers this quarter.

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/16/2012 - 09:54 am.


    The real question is:
    How much of her funding comes from within Minnesota?
    Within her Congressional district?

    • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 07/16/2012 - 04:22 pm.

      You could ask the same

      about the Democrats. No difference there between the two parties.

      • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/17/2012 - 03:46 pm.


        80% percent of Bachmann’s money was from out of state. No one else was close. It does prove that she draws more crackpots nationally and that is somewhat encouraging for MN’s reputation.

  2. Submitted by mark wallek on 07/16/2012 - 11:26 am.

    Have Greed, Must Lead

    The inspired mission of Ms. Bachmann simply must be fueled by an excess of sponsor cash. She is one of the best glad handers on the planet, so it’s no suprise that her little fists squeezing years worth of income for the normal citizen. Now to waste it on the campaign trail and, if HE permits, another glorious win for the glad hand queen.

  3. Submitted by Emily Sojourn on 07/16/2012 - 11:29 am.

    Combat Metaphors

    “Bachmann leads the way as candidates build 2012 war chests”

    This is not so much a comment as a question and it is by no means singling out this story because this issue is rampant…

    Are combat metaphors applied to political stories a new “journalistic” technique or have they been used for decades and I just didn’t notice? It seems that we can’t encounter a story about campaigning or affairs of state these days without being fed an excessive diet of words like “war, battle, attack, fight, clash” etc. or even milder words like “win, lose” (which smack at competition.)

    I wonder how the government and the populace in general would approach bipartisan problem-solving if we dialed away from the hyperbole and chose words that didn’t immediately inspire images of destructive conflict.

    I thought Bachmann and Jim Graves were two Minnesota citizens vying for the opportunity to help govern the affairs of Minnesotans. I don’t know one needed a “war chest” for that.

    Again, this may be “old news” and I haven’t noticed until now.

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/17/2012 - 03:52 pm.


      Has no interest in “helping govern the affairs of Minnesotans”. Her interest is only to “accomplish” something for herself.

  4. Submitted by Andrew Lewis on 07/16/2012 - 11:58 am.

    Why is that the real question?

    I’d be careful how you answer, you might not like what you find out about your own favorite Congressperson’s campaign contributions.

  5. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 07/17/2012 - 09:12 am.

    War as metaphor?…

    Maybe if one were to refer to Bachmann’s war chest as Pandora’s Box…would be more appropriate?

    Or maybe too, war metaphor is in respect to “war by other means” Van Clauswitz.

    Could be its a ‘climatic’ response; a seasonal assessment as in Dylan Thomas’s

    “A man may see from/ Roads he rides/ Summer and war/ on all sides.”

    Or ‘war’ is just the commonality of these sad times be it war or policy or politics?

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