Campaign Report: Bachman Low On Funds

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Rep. Michele Bachmann reported Friday that she raised $3.9 million in the last three months and that she has $1.3 million in the bank.

Bachmann has suffered a slowdown in her fundraising. The nearly $4 million she raised in the last three months is less than she received in the previous three months. In comparison to other GOP presidential candidates, Bachmann’s funds are lacking.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas reported that his campaign raised $17 million. Mitt Romney reported $14 million, and Rep. Ron Paul, $8 million.

Bachmann, who’s also dropping steeply in the polls, says she’s not concerned. Because of the roller coaster of the Republican race, different candidates surge into the lead at different times; Bachmann’s strategy is to ride it out.

“I think what it says is that this is absolutely volatile, and that it’s anyone’s to win right now,” Bachmann said. “It’s not solid. Every day it’s a new person who could be president of the United States. We think we are very well positioned. I’m the only candidate who won the Iowa straw poll. ”

Bachmann’s not the only Minnesotan with money troubles. Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the presidential race, and new financial reports reveal his presidential campaign is in debt. He has $453,000 in unpaid bills, which is a major reasons he stepped out after losing the Iowa straw poll.

“We gave it our best shot,” Pawlenty said. “We took it as far as we could, and in the end, we just ran out of money. ”

After ending his presidential campaign, Pawlenty endorsed Romney, not Bachmann, for president.

And after watching the rest of the Republican presidential field falter, Pawlenty admitted he is second guessing his decision to get out of the race.

One more interesting factoid from the Bachmann campaign report: Bachmann paid country music star Randy Travis a lot of money to perform for her campaign on the day of the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames in last August. The report shows Bachmann paid Travis $37,500 through the Creative Artist Agency of Nashville. Only people who registered with Bachmann’s campaign were able to see Travis live in concert.

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  • 6th District donator here

    A dime I am offering to help you out Michelle. Send someone over to pick it up. It’s cash too in case you want to avoid reporting it. God speed to glory Michelle !

  • Paul Solinger

    She spending money like a drunken sailor on leave. Oh, the irony. On a side note, she spent $37,500 for Randy Travis to give a private concert to her campaign workers? What the heck is she going to do with our tax dollars if she were president?

  • Me

    In other news, she’s low on intelligence, too.

  • tan pup

    Let’s not forget that she is still getting a paycheck, perks, health, travel expenses from the good folks in MN for her honorable work as the representative of the 6th district. I wonder how many of us would still have a job if we were publically interviewing for a higher paid, better benefit – position. She is a disgrace!

  • Deeep Thinker

    What the heck? Marcus needs to pray harder for donations. I really hope she can hang on longer, she’s good for a laugh almost every day.

  • bob

    give the money to the poor, and wake up

  • How about

    Low on funds is the least of her problems. How about ‘low on knowledge of what needs to be done?” How about “low on basic intelligence?” How about “she doesn’t have a clue?” How about “I’m only in this for my ego?” How about “My husband made me do it?” How about “I don’t have the sense to know when to pack it up and go home?” Or How about all those losers who elected her to congress? So many “How about.”

  • Rom

    Pay UP T-PAW!!!!….drop out Shelly!

  • Tom K

    Short on funds………guess she shouldn’t be paying Randy Travis for private concerts, eh? But then too, she should have really just ‘rolled up the tent’ a long time ago. We don’t need her cluttering the landscape.

  • Mercenary

    Guys, this is no surprise. If you haven’t heard, Michelle is hanging in there until her book is released in 4 weeks. If she quits now it will be a loss. If she can hold on ’till Christmas she have lined her personal pockets. Democrat or republican or Esme, this should be no surprise.

  • Julie

    Largest presidential scandal ever and nothing on Solynda. Billions laundered to bankrupt companies to large Obama contributors. What about fast and furious? Aid and abetted murder via Obama administration. Now refusing to release papers and e-mails (cover-ups). Pat wants to write about this. What a disgrace!

    • Mo Skeeter

      You know, Julie, probably not a word on any of that because this is a story about Bachmann’s campaign’s finances. Fancy that.

    • @Julie

      Aaahhh Julie….yer undies pinchin’ ya again today? Maybe get an advance from Bachmann on your salary before the well is totally dry. best hurry

      • poor Julie

        LMAO – Julie all pinched up tight is a disgusting thought at that. All 268# of her imhaling the undies. yuck

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  • Never happen

    Marcus could always bill the Fed more for patients or she could get an advance on more fostering income or an advance on her salary from her ..LOL..employment in the 6th or an advance from the Feds on her farm subsidiy or better yet – an advance on her book !!!! The winner.
    She could actually create and make and SPEND some money that didn’t come from the taxpayer. Holy Cow – IMAGINE THAT !! ;-) :)
    For a person who detests government spending and waste ….. well Michelle. Fricken actually earn it from other than the taxpayer for once huh

  • Neal

    she wants the goverment to have a balanced budget? What about her own campaign? Isn’t it running a negative? Do as I say not as I do.

  • The booky thingy

    I am hoping she sells about as many books as Sid Hartman did. She is about as coherent as Sid (sorry ol’ man), as biased and closed minded as Sid (sorry again) and actually even farther off the mark on comments than Sid (there Sid-a compliment!).At least he has an excuse with the age factor…she’s just a fricken kook.
    Wonder what she’ll be this Halloween? scary thought

  • See ya...

    Good riddance to her as she’ll be gone soon. I can’t stand that she talks about self suffiency and not relying on the government. I want a check in my mailbox from the government forthwith, heretofore. I don’t like her brand of truth.

  • D

    WHAT A WAST OF MONEY……………………………………

  • Swamp Rat

    Something smells fishy in the Bachmann campaign camp! As MB’s Presidential trail goes downhill there is going to be a probable scandalous campaign budget hitting the rocks. I wonder what the T-Baggers will say about Michele’s campaign then. Let’s not forget that Michelle is still drawing a Congressional paycheck for being a ‘do-nothing’ elected politician.

    Is this who you want to be President to clean up DC and balance the budget? Just a thought to ponder today!

  • Murph

    No doubt once the creative book keeping is discovered she will have her meals sent to her cell in the Federal pen! While Marcus sits and wait patiently for her to pay her debt to society as the law prescribes.It’s just the luck of the GOP’ers to have their lies uncovered,their thefts discovered and their fingers in places they don’t belong.I feel so sad for them!

    • Swamp Rat

      I agree with you Murph! It’s time for MB to get a dose of her own political teachings for the “downtrodden”! Can’t wait to see the ‘official accounting’ reports on her campaign.

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