Most of Bachmann’s campaign contributions came from in state

WASHINGTON, D.C. — So, what’s behind Rep. Michele Bachmann’s fundraising success? Minnesota’s Smart Politics breaks it down.

The Minnesota Republican raised the most money of any of the Minnesota House members this quarter due in large part to an increase in instate donations as opposed to money coming from outside Minnesota.

Michele Bachmann First Quarter Individual Campaign Contributions by Location, 2005-2009 (Percentage)

Location 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Minnesota 91.4 90.4 83.6 86.2 87.2
Out of state 8.6 9.6 16.4 13.8 12.8
Note: FEC data compiled by Smart Politics.

In addition, Smart Politics reports that much of her money is coming from individuals as opposed to PACS.

Michele Bachmann First Quarter Campaign Contributions by Type, 2005-2009

Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
% Individuals 100.0 96.6 54.7 69.2 80.4
% PACS 0.0 2.5 45.3 30.8 19.6
% Pol. Party Committees 0.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.1
Note: FEC data compiled by Smart Politics.

“In short, Congresswoman Bachmann’s increased profile is generating her more support at the grass roots level – particularly in Minnesota,” Smart Politics says.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 04/20/2009 - 11:55 am.

    One cannot help but wonder if these facts will have any effect on those that continue to suggest Rep. Bachmann is “out of touch”, or that she is not representing the viewpoint of the overwhelming majority of her constituents.

    I kid, of course.

    Rep. Bachmann has masterfully adapted her rhetoric to fit with todays “30 sec.” media. She makes statements that get people talking about the subjects she, and her constituents wish to bring to the public eye.

    Rep. Bachmann is fully aware that her high profile will encite the obsessed, fringe left, and that the Sorosphere will follow suit by piling heaps of hate filled, spittle flecked invective upon her; she is also aware how that sort of thing plays with the mainstream of American public.

    She is much smarter than the pack of howling hampsters that dog her every move.

    I suggest everyone get used to having her around, because Michele Bachmann will be in office a long, long time.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/20/2009 - 04:10 pm.

    What facts?
    That a few rich Minnesotans support Bachmann?
    That’s Astroturf, not grassroots.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 04/20/2009 - 05:06 pm.

    It burns, doesn’t it Paul? 😉

  4. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 04/20/2009 - 06:02 pm.

    A more thorough–and accurate–analysis would show that most of Bachmann’s Minnesota money comes from wealthy individuals outside of the 6th District that she purports to represent. Like the $9,200 she took in from convicted money launderer and drug-and-gun smuggler Frank Vennes Jr. and his wife of Shorewood in 2008 alone.

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/20/2009 - 06:15 pm.

    Tom– Not really.
    We had a joke here in the 1st District that we got rid of…. it can happen again!

  6. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/20/2009 - 09:45 pm.

    And also note that Bachmann’s most recent re-election against an underfunded political neophyte was less than impressive.
    If I were her I’d be nervous; very nervous.

  7. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 04/25/2009 - 02:45 am.

    There is an untold aspect of this data in the reporting I’ve seen so far. It’s related to the story’s implication that there are a large number of individual donors behind Rep. Bachmann’s fund-raising success.

    But in fact, if you download the actual FEC data from their site – it’s available to everyone – very few individuals are actually contributors to Bachmann’s campaign in the Q1 2009-2010 election cycle donor data.

    (Source: whose parent page is entitled “Candidate (H6MN06074) Summary Reports – 2009-2010 Cycle”. Look it up.).

    If you download that information and analyze it, you’ll find the following:

    181 individual donations to Rep. Bachmann’s campaign were reported in this time period;

    135 unique individuals donated (due to multiple donations, same person);

    95 unique individuals with a Minnesota address donated (the rest were out of state).

    These 95 supporters, as a group, are a pretty darn good group of donors – giving a total of $136,200 – or an average of over $1,400 apiece.

    In a state of about 5 million people, do 95 donors indicate a groundswell of “grass-roots” support?

    It seems to me Rep. Bachmann should be congratulated instead on finding a very small group of highly committed donors.

  8. Submitted by Steve Titterud on 04/25/2009 - 11:06 am.

    An overstrike is in order to the $136,200 figure I gave above. Ignore it and the average donation amount. The FEC data includes transfers of money from one committee or campaign to another & they are entered as negative numbers, can’t be summed directly, which is what I did. Mea culpa on that total.

    But the main point of the comment is the SMALL NUMBER OF DONORS involved, and those calculations are correct, based on the FEC data quoted.

  9. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 04/26/2009 - 09:00 pm.

    Thanks for doing the work Steve. I don’t suppose it matters to the wing-nuts. They like to think of themselves as “real” Americans whose opinions are shared by the majority. Skewed news like this emboldens them and that’s a good thing. It encourages them to speak more freely, which turns voters off. It’ll happen with Michelle. The attention she’s getting on the nation stage, stories like these, adortation of her wingnut constituents will make her think she’s a viable statewide candidate and she’ll take shot a Amy Klobauchar in 2010. That’ll be the end of her.

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