GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign for president reports raising $3.9 million in the third quarter of the year. The 6th District Republican has $1.3 million left in the bank but she also reports more than $500,000 in campaign debt. That debt includes $313,284 in fundraising and direct mail expenses and $30,000 owed to campaign adviser Ed Rollins.
Bachmann also spent $37,500 to have country music star Randy Travis perform at the Iowa Straw Poll. Bachmann won that event.
Bachmann has raised a total of $7.5 million since she entered the race for president in June. Those funds also include money from her congressional campaign account.
Her fundraising totals don't match the funds raised by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Perry raised $17 million in the quarter; Romney raised $14 million and Paul brought in about $8 million. Herman Cain, who this week shot to the lead in public opinion polls, raised less than Bachmann, $2.8 million.
Bachmann's campaign also announced today that she will hold a tele-town hall with Donald Trump on Monday. It's the first time Trump, who considered a run for the White House himself, will hold a town hall with another candidate.
What an incredible waste of money. If she put her campaign funds toward the deficit, she would be a patriotic American. As it is she just loves to be in front of a crowd and boast about her humility. What's wrong with this picture? Here is a woman who gets nothing done because her views are so extreme, yet she prides herself on being a "voice." A voice of gridlock? She should have the good graces to realize this is a pipe dream gone bad and step down.