Michele Bachmann started July with $1.7 million in her re-election campaign fund and raked in another $1 million during the month's first 25 days. The Democratic challenger for Bachmann's Congressional seat, Jim Graves, started the month with less than $500,000 on hand.
Bachmann's fundraising success shows her supporters did not waver, even while she took heat from her own party for her remarks linking U.S. officials to a fundamentalist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. Still, the backlash may have cost Bachmann. One analyst tells Gannett News "As a national player, she's sort of done."
Meanwhile, Bachmann says she wants to work with Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison in a bipartisan effort to reduce Medicaid fraud. This, after she asserted Ellison has a long record of association with the Muslim Brotherhood -- a claim Ellison says is false.