NY Times: Why did Michele Bachmann spend so much in final days?

A New York Times blog last night raised the question: Since Michele Bachmann beat challenger Tarryl Clark by 12 percentage points, “why did her campaign spend more than $2.5 million in the final two weeks before the election?”

The item notes:

Ms. Bachman has vastly expanded her reach in the last two years — she founded the House Tea Party Caucus last summer and has become a driving force on cable television. Her re-election campaign was the most expensive House race in the country, costing more than $11 million, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Writer Janie Lorber calls Bachmann “a prolific fund-raiser and a bullish ‘mama grizzly’ to boot” but doesn’t really answer the question:

Ms. Bachmann, who has made no secret of her leadership ambitions, is now sitting on nearly $2 million. Her office did not respond to an inquiry from The Times, so we will be left guessing what’s next.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Scott on 12/03/2010 - 01:23 pm.

    She likes being on teevee.

  2. Submitted by Lynda Friedman on 12/03/2010 - 06:42 pm.

    In the final weeks of her campaign, Ms. Bachmann had so much money to spend that she could send a mailing containing a pre-paid return Priority Mail envelope ($4.65, I believe)to me, a Democrat registered (and living) in Florida. Someone in her campaign actually expected that I would use the envelope to “rush” her a contribution. Wishful thinking, simple incompetence or just too much money to spend. I was also the victim of several of her “robo” calls trolling for money in my 727 area code. If she votes to spend taxpayers money with the arrogant and wasteful attitude her campaign spent the millions donated to it, Republican fiscal responsibility will be just another fantasy the voters of the 6th District bought into without any evidence Ms. Bachmann would deliver results.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/03/2010 - 06:51 pm.

    Now she can buy other Republican politicians.

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