WASHINGTON – The money race for Congress is heating up. Hours after her DFL opponent Jim Graves reported raising more than $400,000 for his election bid, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s announced a massive $1.7 million haul for the three months ending on June 30th.
Bachmann made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “Thank you to my supporters! You gave more than 40,000 contributions, averaging <$45. More than $1.7 million from so many is humbling.” Her official report with the Federal Election Commission won’t be available until this weekend but Bachmann’s fundraising was likely energized by the Supreme Court’s June 28th decision upholding the health care law that Bachmann has staked her career on opposing. In the hours after the ruling, Bachmann’s campaign issued fundraising appeals to conservatives who are eager to see the law repealed. Unlike many other campaigns that are issuing their fundraising numbers ahead of this Sunday’s FEC deadline, Bachmann’s didn’t disclose how much cash it’s sitting on – a possible sign of heavy spending. Bachmann’s rump presidential campaign committee continues to be saddled with more than a million dollars in debt since she ended her bid for the White House in January.