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Michele Bachmann gets campaign donation from Sarah Palin

A report in the National Journal notes that Sarah Palin’s PAC, SaraPAC, contributed to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s re-election campaign.

That’s not the big national news in the item, though. The story highlights the news that the Palin PAC spent more money buying copies of her best-selling book than she spent on contributions to other candidates.

The PAC spent “$47,777 on copies of “Going Rogue” during the last six months of the year. Meanwhile, she handed out just $43,000 in donations to candidates seeking federal office,” the story says.

Maybe Palin gave Bachmann a book, because the Palin PAC donation was apparently under $1,000 and doesn’t make the list of top 100 contributors to Bachmann’s campaign. A list of the top 100 at OpenSecrts.org shows the top contributor to her campaign committee this cycle was Sharkey Laboratories, with $13,600, and second was Hubbard Broadcasting, with $10,600.

Others at the top of the list include PricewaterhouseCoopers,  Slumberland, Zurich Financial Services and American Bankers Association.

The site advises: “The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.”

Altogether, Bachmann raised $1.5 million last year; her two DFL challengers raised less.

State Sen. Tarryl Clark said she raised more than $600,000 and physician Dr. Maureen Reed reported that she’d raised $575,000.

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