Donations pour into Bachmann campaignby Brett Neely, Minnesota Public Radio
WASHINGTON — The money race for Congress is heating up. Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has announced a big fundraising haul.
Bachmann's campaign pulled in $1.7 million in the three months ending June 30. That's $100,000 more than she raised at this point in the 2010 election.
Campaign manager Chase Kroll said more than 40,000 donors gave an average of less than $45 to Bachmann's campaign.
Her campaign did not disclose how much cash it's sitting on, a possible sign of heavy spending. Bachmann has been saddled with heavy debt that was a result of her failed bid for the White House that ended in January.
Regardless, Bachmann's fundraising well exceeds the $400,000 raised by her DFL opponent, hotel owner Jim Graves, reported a few hours earlier.
Some of Graves' money comes from a $150,000 loan he made to his campaign.