Republican presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann is returning to Minnesota for a fundraiser on Oct. 27.
The event will be held at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis, according to her campaign website.
Supporters can attend for as little as $50, but that only provides admission to the town hall portion of the event. Those who want to stick around for a reception and dinner must pay more. Individuals who give $5,000 – the maximum amount one person can contribute to a presidential candidate between the primary and general elections – will get tickets to the town hall, a private reception, dinner and have the chance to get their picture taken with Bachmann.
Bachmann hasn’t said if she will run again for her 6th Congressional District seat if her presidential campaign doesn’t work out, but her donor pool in Minnesota is substantial. After California, Minnesota was the second most generous state to Bachmann during the third fundraising quarter, according to an analysis by MPR.
Bachmann brought in nearly $4 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, which is quite a bit more than the $1.6 million she raised in the second quarter. She’s been spending a lot of her time and resources in Iowa.
Still, it appears she’s had trouble widening her base of donors, which will be a challenge for Bachmann as she tries to expand her campaign to other key Republican battleground states.
Building operational capacity in those states is part of her fundraising pitch.
“We are also doing all we can to invest resources and expand our reach in New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and other key states,” Bachmann said in her e-mail invitation to the Oct. 27 event. “By attending this event in Minneapolis, you will help us keep up the fight in Iowa and continue to grow our base of grassroots support all across the country.”