(CNN) - Tea Party-backed Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota raised $5.4 million in the third quarter, her campaign announced Wednesday.
Federal Election Commission financial disclosure reports aren't due until October 15, but Bachmann press secretary Sergio Gor confirmed the number to CNN and said she now has $3.4 million cash-on-hand.
"I am so grateful to the more than 80,000 people who have contributed to my campaign this quarter," Bachmann said in a statement. "Their support is truly overwhelming and I am blessed."
Bachmann's coffers may have benefitted from her growing national presence. The conservative star founded the Congressional Tea Party caucus earlier this year, and has stumped regularly during the campaign season in support of Republican candidates.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has also been a vocal supporter of Bachmann.
The announcement comes on the heels of another Tea Party favorite's surprising fundraising feat. Sharron Angle, the Republican Senate nominee in Nevada raised $14 million in the last quarter, her campaign said.
Bachmann will face Democratic challenger Tarryl Clark in November for control of Minnesota's 6th Congressional district.
–CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report
Bachmann, Palin and O'Donnell are freaks of nature. What more can you say. Some people will always pay to see a freak show.
How can this happen? Who sends hard earned money to MS Looneytoons?
There is now another State I will NOT visit. If idiots live there, I don't want to go.
Talk about your ugly trios–Bachmann, Palin, and Angle all mentioned in the same article. The triumvirate of fear, hate, and ignorance. Maybe Biblical myth had it wrong in talking about the 4 horsemen...
How could 80,000 people be stupid enough to contribute to this lunatic's campaign chest? It just boggles the mind. Some of the things she says are so far out there that they become just ridiculous. I used to have a much higher opinion of Minnesotans, and Nevadans as well. Now they seem to be under the spell of these fruitcakes.
Whether Democrats or Republicans win will any of the winners get the point??????
that old saying about "a Fool and his money" really seems to fit in right here!
I always thought Minnesota was a well educated state. But it also appears that one part of the state, Bachmann's district, there must be a void in educated voters. Bachmann is a national embarrassment and for a district to send this wacko back to congress speaks volumes about party loyalty over brains. Minnesota would be better off with out a representative then to have her back in office, microphone in hand, making idiotic comments, irrational statements, and voting to hurt the economic condition of the citizens of her district and state. Minnesota, please wake up and use your brains on this one.
yeah right. Im sure most came from big business which the repos won't acknowledge. Vote the repos out. We don't need looneys in government.All the tea baggers are geting secret financing. Once in office we will be run by the big business that put them there. Vote democratic stop the madness.
What a B they are or might be getting for their money. also totally out of touch with reality. A real moron who fits well into the republican party!
Yep, corporations are spreading the money around. I want to see Bachmann's donor list; if she's got nothing to hide, then it's not a big deal, right?
Well DUH! The face billionaires trying to buy the election LOVE mindless morons like Bachmann who do nothing but spread fear, hate and lies. That way the average person is distracted from the fact those same faceless billionaires want to destroy America and replace it with the new global feudalism. Electing her is like choosing a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship. It doesn't end well. If you like the ditch the GOBPbaggers drove America into last time, you'll love the canyon they're aiming for now!