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Bachmann raises $1 million in July

Controversy has not cooled the fundraising prowess of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann — in fact, it’s done the opposite.

Though her comments on the Muslim Brotherhood and its influence over American policy-makers have lead to condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike, Bachmann raised more than $1 million for her re-election bid between July 1 and July 25, her campaign announced Tuesday.

Bachmann raised $1.9 million for her campaign during the May-June fundraising period, the second-highest total of any House incumbent nationally. She’s on pace to easily top that during the third quarter.

Candidates are required to file July fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission ahead the August 14 primary. Bachmann’s strong figure is a shot across the bow for anybody who predicted the Muslim Brotherhood flap would lead to her demise.

“I’m grateful for the support I’ve received so far and I know if we can sustain this grassroots movement, we will be victorious in the fall,” Bachmann said in a statement. “Minnesotans are tired of the same empty rhetoric out of Washington, and they know my time is genuinely focused on keeping America strong and growing.”

Bachmann’s opponent, businessman Jim Graves, had $405,000 on hand at the end of June.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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