After giving up re-election bid, Bachmann still raised $1K a day


Michele Bachmann may be a polarizing political figure to some, but she's also been a fundraising machine during her career, and that didn't end when she announced her retirement from Congress in May.

The Smart Politics blog from the U of M's Humphrey School of Public Affairs breaks down the numbers in the two weeks after Bachmann's May 29th announcement she was dropping out of the race for re-election to Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.

Long story short, Bachmann still raised more than $1,000 a day.

Smart Politics tallied up Representative Bachmann's itemized, large donor contributions from FEC reports that came in to her campaign account during the two week period beginning May 30th - the day after her retirement announcement - through June 12th.

During this 14-day window, Smart Politics reports, Bachmann received $15,195 in large donor money, or an average of $1,085 per day.

The blog also notes that part of Bachmann's campaign web site was still set up to take donations, though that page has been removed. Still, Bachmann continues to see money trickle in.

Certainly it wasn't the fear of raising money that compelled Bachmann to quit the race - 2013 was shaping up to be a banner year for her as far as cash goes.

USA Today reported in April that Bachmann was the fourth-largest House recipient of campaign donations during the first three months of the year, new filings shows.

The four-term congresswoman raised nearly $675,000, ranking behind House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who collected $1.4 million and nearly $961,000, respectively. George Rep. Jack Kingston was third.

The day of her announcements, broke down her first-quarter fundraising, noting Congress was losing one of its brightest fundraising stars.

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