Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the most aggressive fundraisers on Capitol Hill, collected $1.7 million for her re-election campaign during the first three months of the year, a Bachmann adviser told CNN Friday.
And since that money sits in a federal account, it can be transferred to a presidential campaign account should the Tea Party favorite officially join the race for the Republican nomination in 2012.
Bachmann plans to form a presidential exploratory committee in the coming months and is in the process of lining up campaign teams in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
The Republican also took in $500,000 for her political action committee, MichelePAC.
All told, she raised $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2011.
That total is greater than the $1.9 million raised during the same period by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, considered the national frontrunner in the GOP presidential race.
Romney, though, has been raising money for his political action committee. That money cannot be transferred to a federal account.
Romney and his finance team are expected to begin raising money for the presidential campaign in the coming weeks.
Bachmann and Palin both say the media is unfair to them because they are women but they have no problem using sexist words like "man up" and "take your panties off" referring to men. Palin was elected Governor of Alaska, that wasn't sexist and she quit; Bachmann is a Representative, that's not sexist and she doesn't want that job. Don't let these women fool you women because it ain't about you, it's about them being power hungry and using women.
What does this article tell
all of you about how fed
up Americans with common
sense are with main stream
We are tired of the McCains,
Bushs, Clintons and Obamas
of the world lying and telling us
what we want to here just to
keep giving us the same ole same ole.
And in this last election.....CHANGE
MY BUTT !!!!!
Same ole hoodlum politics as always !!!
This is truly scary thaqt there are people in this country that are actually so uninformed that they actually believe the lies that spew from this woman's mouth. That they could actually cut 100 billion from the budget when our country is still recovering the last 8 year reign of a republican is unrealistic. Look at the job losses alone. We have to boost the economy not stab it to death. Make cuts but not all at once. PEOPLE PLESE STOP LISTENING TO THIS CRAZY WOMAN. She not olny knows nothing of U.S. histroy, she knows little if anything about the Constitution and what it actually provides.
Yep, fundraising, that's what I call job creation. In office just months and out on the fundraising trail before the office seat is warm.
@ Jeff, Alabama:
The article is about fundraising numbers, not an anlysis of the electorate. Next time, take the trouble and read the article.