Bachmann outraises Romney
April 1st, 2011
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Bachmann outraises Romney

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Hahaha!!!!! Will that be the GOP nominee? I love this. Their candidates are pathetic!

    April 1, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Little Tin God

    All I can say is I sure as hell hope she runs for POTUS. This country needs some comic relief and having the current crop of GOP contenders running against each other is going to be hilarious!

    April 1, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    The fact that ANY of these Tea Party nutcases get money from anyone only proves that there are a lot of gullible idiots out there. And they seem to be big Bachmann fans. Funny – the very dumbest among us like Bachmann best... I wonder why that is?

    April 1, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. ConservaFascists

    Run Crazy, I mean Bachmann, Run!!! I pray you win the nomination Michelle. Me and the rest of the democratic party hopes you win the nomination. Keep speaking that crazy cookoo for cocoa puffs nonsense to your ilk in Iowa. You are UNSTOPPABLE!!!

    April 1, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Lolo

    She is going to take the money and run just like Palin. Can you belive these people, they can give up money for politicians but not their fellow Americans. Oh wait I forgot, no one is more patriotic or American than them. This Bachmann lady gets farming subsidies from the government and she works for the government and they do not see anything wrong with this picture. Yes we know who the tinfoil and or idiots are in this country.

    April 1, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Voice of Reason

    Michelle Bachmann's paranoid delusions: A primer.
    She fears that the dollar miught be supplanted by the Euro – here in the US.
    She wants Minnesotans "Armed and Dangerous". Violence, anyone?
    She stated the Barak Obama was "one of the members of Congress you suspect of being anti-American".
    She feels that the 2010 Census was "too intimate, too personal".
    She calls the fictional 'Death panels' "Orwellian".
    She regularly parrots "wildly inflated" numbers which have "no basis in reality". (citing the White House)
    She called the State of the Union speech "...a fiction of the media..."
    She told Meet the Press that we have a "Gangster government"

    The list goes on and on, but the pattern is clear. Hyperbole and fantasy are as much a part of her daily life as facts and reality. I wouldnt trust this lady to change the oil in my car, much less LEAD anyone.

    April 1, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    If she runs for POTUS, will that mean she will give up or lose her seat in the House? Is giving up her seat something that she would be willing to do? Will she realize that she could make more money by "going rouge" like Sarah Palin, which would mean giving up her seat and start a career on TV and speaking engagements?

    Which will it be? Continue to serve the people by staying the House? ( We know she cannot win the nomination much less the general election at this point in time. ) Or will she "go rouge" and chase the dollar bills like Palin has? Doing so would put her in frequent competition with Palin for the speaking dollars.

    Will Mrs. Bachman place "Greed Over People"?

    April 1, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The phrase "a fool and his money are soon parted" comes to mind. I think it might be rewritten to say that a fool has given his money to another fool for foolish idea.

    April 1, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh this is funny, very very funny....
    Romney – forsaken to alway be in the second place...

    April 1, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Betsy

    Like Christine O'Donnelll, will she use this cash to pay for her personal expenses? Surely she won't give it to the Treasury to pay down the national debt.

    April 1, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. MN-Mike

    Is this enough money for Bachmann to buy a plane ticket, back home to MN? So she can get back to work!! Good Grief this woman is a senseless bigot. The Bachmann leadership model is Step 1: Do not have an opinion OR thoughts of your own until the President states his position.

    April 1, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. JLR

    This is great news. It will give the GOP contenders equal amounts of money to attack each other. Let the cannibalism begin!

    April 1, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |

    Are there really people out there that think Bachmann is a viable presidential candidate and would actually give her money to run? The dumbing down of America continues at an alarming rate

    April 1, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    The Koch brothers will pay her dearly, she'll run around like a chicken with it's head cut off yelling and screaming all of her lies and the idiots in this country will fall for it.

    It will keep the men's hand "clean" (so to speak). There's a rotten egg, and I think I smell it every time she crosses NC on her way to collect more money from the SC republicans.

    April 1, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Voice of Reason

    When was the last time she had ANYTHING positive or bi-partisan to say? This adamant adherence to the "My way or the high way" mentality is the root of what is tearing our country apart. Tie this with an absolute belief in self-infallibility – thinking that your conclusions MUST be right and anything else MUST be wrong... There's a word for that: Megalomania. It's a psychiatric condition akin to schizophrenia. Time to steer clear of Michelle Bachmann.

    April 1, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    So what if the crazy lady outraises the flip-flopper, it's all wasted money since neither of them has an ounce of credibility or a clue as to any viable ideas to help America.

    April 1, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    A Bachmann/Palin 2012 ticket is looking more likely with passing day!

    And how historical, not one but TWO at the top of the ticket.

    As I have said before, this show will be better than the 2008 comedy skit starring Geezer and Gidget.

    Guess we will also get to see who has more money to buy the nomination, Romney or the Koch brothers.

    April 1, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. garey

    I could have predicted the "Tea extremist "rich nuts" out their would pass the "Kitty" around. Some big oil money here,some don trump money there,"and then there,s those "Possessed looking,scarry,weird people with monkey signs? How do you deal with that,Michelle Bachmean?

    April 1, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Truth Teller

    Amazing that people would give money to a woman that is so lacking in knowledge. She is, and I'm only describing her, [pick one] stupid, dumb, ignorant, not smart.

    For example, she is a birther. She believes that President Obama is not a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN as required by Section II of the Constitution. She latches on to that false "he hasn't shown us his birth certificate" crap.

    The fact is that the Constitution, in concert with US case law says that when ANY BABY is born of an Mother or Father that is an American citizen but the corresponding parent is NOT a US citizen; the child IS a NATURALLY BORN US CITIZEN, if the Mother or Father has lived in the United States for 1 year PRIOR to the birth of the baby.

    Stated another way, a baby [for example from a mother from Kansas and having lived in Hawaii] could be born in Timbuktu and still legally grow up to be President of the United States. Under this law, President Obama's birth certificate is IRRELEVANT.

    April 1, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. David in Seattle

    YES! The more money she squanders from the Republicans, the better. I hope she gets nominated - Obama will will by a landslide.

    April 1, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh, Mittens won't like that at all, being outdone by a woman......time to trot out the Mormon fundraising army! Tithe, tithe, tithe!

    Actually no reason for him to worry.....a contribution from someone with a mental disorder is not legally binding, so Bachman actually owes money.

    April 1, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Matt

    Wait...April Fool's !!

    April 1, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    This really should not surprise anyone. Mitt Romney is one of the "old guard party favorites" along with Newt Gingrich. Bachmann is the darling of the Koch brothers and their Tea Party subsidiaries. Once her numbers start to tank (like after South Carolina), she will be dropped by the Koch's faster than a hot rock, and her funding will evaporate. Mitt and Newt, on the other hand, would not be the Koch brothers' favorite as neither owe any part of their political careers to those gents. I can see a lot of negative ads against Newt and Mitt pointing out that they had the audacity to "compromise" to get their jobs done. Whereas Bachmann, like many of the other Tea Party types has the "My way or no way" philosophy when it comes to government. People like her don't even want to know that there may be other opinions or answers to problems out there. Kind of like Dick Cheney with estrogen!

    As long as the Republican party keeps bowing and pandering to the radical right of the Conservative movement, they will eventually have less support than the Whigs had in 1860! Now that America has seen how the Tea Party will obstruct the government, the House is likely to pass back to the Democrats (oh, please don't select Pelosi as Speaker again), and the Senate may not have to worry about all the Democrats who are retiring, as the Republicans will eat their own to win a nomination, wrecking their state parties in the process. Unless the Republicans can overcome their inborn prejudices against non-fundamentalist Protestant candidates, and are willing to support Romney (a Mormon by birth) or Gingrich (a recent Roman Catholic convert), President Obama will have no problem defeating whatever the GOP throws up against him. If Obama is smart, he will replace Biden as his VP with someone who can be groomed for 2016. Something W did not do in 2004, leading to the Republicans in 2008 to resemble the Democrats in 1972.

    April 1, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    Trying to force herself on the ticket any way possible, is she? Michele Bachmann will be a force to be reckoned with. Good luck holding her back, GOPers. It's looking better and better for the Obama/Biden ticket every day.

    April 1, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The 6th District Psycho sure knows how to raise money. I wonder who her corporate bosses are.

    April 1, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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