Fundraising spike follows Bachmann's controversial charges against Clinton aide
July 31st, 2012
06:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Fundraising spike follows Bachmann's controversial charges against Clinton aide

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann's controversial charges against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have paid off in the form of money flowing into her re-election campaign.

According to her campaign, the Minnesota Republican raised over one million dollars in a 25 day period in July – the same time that controversy brewed over a letter she sent with four other GOP Members to the State Department Inspector General, requesting an investigation into Huma Abedin's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Many Republican leaders, including Sen. John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner rebuked Bachmann for pointing a finger at Abedin, who has worked for Clinton since she was first lady.

The rebuke from the GOP leadership does not seem to have deterred her supporters, just the opposite. The million dollar July fundraising boon is about $400,000 above her monthly average from the second quarter of this year, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

"This incredible outpouring of support demonstrates the trust Minnesotans have placed in Representative Bachmann," Campaign Manager Chase Kroll said in an e-mail to supporters. "We still have a radical, liberal, self-funding opponent who has demonstrated his willingness to pour huge sums into this race."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Marshall

    Bachman is a demagogue who aspires to impose theocracy on America and who would attempt to infuse religion disguised as science into science curriculum thereby making a mockery of both science and religion. Why anyone would consider voting for this creature for any public office is mind boggling.

    July 31, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. John

    What is impossible to make sense of is, how do people with zero brains ever even have enough money to put some into politics? I mean, how did they earn it, and how do they have any left after sending it all to evangelical huckster preachers first?

    July 31, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Skip Glanz

    That is her credo. Put the spotlight elsewhere in order to create an illusion. She is a joke, that is not funny

    July 31, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. max3333444555

    the fact that anyone end bachmann money indicates that there are some people more ignorant than she is. a rather depressing thought. id vote for obama over bachmann and voting for obama would make me cringe.

    July 31, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Expat American

    A bigot and their money is easily parted....Who are these people who support Bachmann's SS ideology?
    There must be decent people in MN who want this pathetic excuse for a human being defeated.

    July 31, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Trent

    What a joke of a human being. Looks like her supports are also mindless, stuttering, bigoted fools. You're an embarrassment to our country and the worst anti-American I've ever seen.

    July 31, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. The Elephant In The Room

    I don`t believe that "Minnesotans" are the "donors" behind this. It`s influences outside of the state. I`ve got to believe that the constituents are EMBARRASED by Bachmann. Her actions make it less likely that others will join her in support of legislation. Afterall, she`s not sponsored ANY.

    July 31, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Because she attacked a Democratic big wig with a false accusation she gets money. Didn't Joe Wilson get the same after he called the president a liar during the state of the Union. For Republicans, this makes sense.

    July 31, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    Bachmann is pretty judgmental for being such a christian as she says she is. She is such an embarrassment not only to the state of Minnesota but also to the U S of A. Too bad her district doesn't see what a negative person she is....

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 31, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  10. anthony76

    Fools and their money soon depart.

    July 31, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Chipster

    Nothing deters Bachmann because she is the flip side of the Muslim fanatics who attacked us on 9/11. Christian fanatics are just the other side of a very ugly coin, preaching fear and hatred that is neither Christian nor Muslim. Moderate and sane Christians and Muslims understand that these religious fanatics threaten us all. Bachmann and her Tea Party followers feel "righteous" in their hatred and prejudice. We must discourage hatred and encourage education, teaching the principles of liberty, equality, and justice for ALL.

    July 31, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. dreamer96

    Bachmann learned this fund riasing method from watching Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Pat Robertson and the other TV Evangelist...The crazier the talk the bigger the donations...

    July 31, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. McCarthyism still exists!

    Ms. Bachmann's irrational behavior continues to attract a radical and foreign following. She is quick to attack people who differ with her opinion – and yet when people strike back – she quickly states they treat her differently because she is a woman. Which is not true – they treat her differently because of her irrational and unfounded statements that she continues to make. This time even the Republican Speaker of the House openly warned her of her extreme and irrational views.

    July 31, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. Stop new version of McCarthyism NOW! Davis

    I feel the need to speak out against this before it's too late. For those of you who don't know, this is exactly how Joe McCarthy started his reign of terror in the 1950's. He ruined so many lives and had those people blacklisted from further employment. Only this time its this person is accusing people who practice the religion of Islam, of trying to take down this country from the inside; the proof those accusations are true? No true proof what so ever, just allegations. We must stop this now before turns into a witch hunt!!!

    July 31, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Paul Ernest Show

    America is struggling between change, inclusion, forward looking and status quo , exclusion, purity and superiority complexes. Backmann represents the status quo, exclusion,etc. She and the GOP have loyalists who share the same outdated social and political views. Many on the borderline of racism, prejudice and only attack where they find the weakest links. Romney's total disregard for Palestinian interests, in his statements, demonstrates the last. He would not have made such comments if Palestinians had strong arm-reach and influence. So, he found it so easy to be insensitive.

    July 31, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Af

    Only stupid brain will put money in stupid talks

    August 1, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. Alex in Wisconsin

    Seriously? OMFG

    August 1, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Steve

    More money from the Koch brothers Michele? Or is another laundered donation from Al-Queda courtesy of HSBC?

    August 1, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Luke Brown

    What kind of neanderthals elect a vicious woman like this to represent them in Congress. I thought people in Minnesota were intelligent.

    August 1, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  20. ohio gal

    fools and their money...

    August 1, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  21. Roy

    We must unite against the GOP they have literally taken our money from our children’s mouth's they are for the 1% only they do not care for the rest of us the hard workers. they say only small business's create jobs and the big corporations haven’t done anything to boost our economy while posting huge profits. why? the GOP is in their back pocket's. why should they get a tax break? while the only people who are getting hurt is the 99% think about it. no more GOP. Vote them out in November or you will be poor.

    August 1, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  22. Hindsight 20/20

    What is wrong with these people!? Just full of prejudice and hate. Unbelievable!

    August 1, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  23. Marry

    Michele Bachmann and her “friends” only demonstrate again that they have absolutely nothing of value to offer and to divert from that they have to attack others with outrageous accusations to get into the headlines again.
    Just one word: Disgusting!!!

    August 1, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
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